Beryl won't budge despite flood
IN 2008, the floodwater only came halfway up my driveway.
I think there were only four houses that got flooded in 2008 but unfortunately last time, we all got it.
Everyone on Kidd St lost everything, as far as I know.
I think we all had about a metre of water.
All the furniture I had left was a table and my six chairs.
All the covers of my late husband's vintage record collection are gone and they're all packed away.
I haven't looked at them since so I don't know what they're like.
They were in a box. I still get upset
Everything else was gone. I had insurance and I was given a brand new lounge.
You go to look for something and you think, 'oh, I haven't got that anymore'.
Just even simple things like my address book for Christmas cards - I can't send Christmas cards until I get them now because I don't know anyone's address.
It makes it a bit hard.
But people were very, very kind. I could never thank the people of Emerald enough, and also organisations like the Neighbourhood Centre and my good friends.
I've got some beautiful friends in Emerald.
I don't know what they would think but the thing is this - if it happens again, I will face it again and I will go through it again because I don't want to leave Kidd St.
I will just get on with life again, but next time I will be a lot wiser.
We all stuck together here in Kidd St - it's a great place to live, it really is.
I have good days, bad days, but I think we all do that.
You cry a lot, but you face it and keep going.
- Beryl Callaghan