Tony Powell and Colleen Howkins in their refurbished Riverview St home as the TV shows pictures of the inundation. Photo: Simon Green
Tony Powell and Colleen Howkins in their refurbished Riverview St home as the TV shows pictures of the inundation. Photo: Simon Green

It's great to finally be home

TONY Powell and Colleen Howkins spent 20 weeks in Emerald's Motel 707 after over a metre of water flowed through their Riverview home on December 28, 2010, when the Nogoa River peaked at a record 16m.

In September, watching a Sunrise special on TV, the couple saw their home at its most inundated for the first time when a clip flashed across the screen. Luckily, Tony was recording the show and he shows the screen grabs to any visitors asking about their story.

"We initially went to the motel for two nights but stayed 20 weeks," Colleen said.

You'd be hard pressed to imagine the devastation inside their now-immaculate home.

"Mine workers from BMA came and they said 'righto, we're going to clean your units and we're starting with yours'," Colleen said.

"And then the people from the motel, the son, Alexander, he gernied the entire house out."

Tony and Colleen admitted to being anxious about summer one year later but were quick to state how much they loved their house and would never leave it.


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