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Wedding puts flood horrors to rest

Amanda Kerle (centre) takes a quick break from cleaning her mother-in-law’s flood-devastated Grantham home with her friends Zoie Khan (left), Kristy Taylor and army personnel in January.
Amanda Kerle (centre) takes a quick break from cleaning her mother-in-law’s flood-devastated Grantham home with her friends Zoie Khan (left), Kristy Taylor and army personnel in January. Supplied

GRUBBY gumboots will make way for elegant attire when Amanda Kerle and Jamie Gorman celebrate much more than their undying love for each other on Saturday.

The wedding will be a release valve for the Lockyer Valley couple, their friends and their family, who have managed the pressure of a difficult nine months which began with January's devastating floods.

Preparations for the big day have had to fit around busy work schedules as well as the rebuilding of Mr Gorman's mother Wendy Gorman's Grantham home.

Miss Kerle said she was also dealing with her own demons of the flood which very nearly washed her and her fiancé away.

The couple, who live at Carpendale, near Helidon, had driven to a section of Back Flagstone Rd overlooking the bridge over Lockyer Creek on January 10 when they saw four people in perilous danger.

The people were watching the floodwater from beside the creek, but they hadn't seen the water rising quickly behind them.

Miss Kerle and Mr Gorman drove down into the danger area, warned the people and escaped to higher ground seconds before floodwater engulfed their former vantage point.

Since then, the couple's main priority has been rebuilding Mr Gorman's mother's flood-ravaged home.

"Water went halfway up the walls. Basically she lost everything in the house," Miss Kerle said.

Assistance from the Premier's Disaster Relief Appeal and charity group Brisbane Adoption as well as many other volunteers has helped bring the house back to a liveable standard.

Miss Kerle said the workload had at times been overwhelming.

"There were times when we thought, 'how are we going to get through this'.

"We were going to cancel the wedding, but everyone said to us we needed a celebration.

"There's no hurdle we can't get past now."

She said she still struggled with her emotions every time it rained.

"But we weren't affected nearly as badly as other people," she said.

Saturday will also mark another important milestone in Miss Kerle's life - her 29th birthday.

"So it's going to be a big day for celebrations," she said.

Topics:  floods lockyer valley weddings


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