Peter Haylock is distraught after his Kidd St home was broken into.
Peter Haylock is distraught after his Kidd St home was broken into.

Theft low blow for flood victim

PETER Haylock received a phone call that pushed him to his wit’s end.

Just one day before he was due to move back into his flood-repaired Kidd St home, the electrician installing Peter’s 51cm 3D plasma television called to ask if he’d moved the unit.

“I said no, and he said, ‘well it isn’t here, it’s gone’,” he said.

All Peter and his wife Karen wanted to do this Easter was move back into their newly rebuilt home. Now, he isn’t sure he wants to.

“I just don’t understand how someone in this town, which has been through so much and is still standing, could do something this low,” he said.

The nation was inspired and awed by Emerald’s resilience and community camaraderie when the town emerged from its second devastating flood in two years.

As a town, people rallied together to help neighbours and strangers clean the muck and debris from their homes, and it was that sense of mateship that has helped so many through some of the darkest hours.

It was that strength and solidarity that saw Peter cope with the emotional three-month period following the 600mm of fetid floodwaters that crept through his home.

“I was looking forward to getting back into my house and setting everything up again,” Peter said, his voice cracking from the emotional pain as he recalled his enthusiasm to move back home.

“People are down because of the floods and just when everything was coming back together, something like this happens and it’s just the worst thing.

“Everyone helped each other out when it was needed and it was great, but now, I just can’t believe someone could do this.”

Peter reported the break-in to police, and he said they told him they were investigating the incident.


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