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Gladstone flood victims returning home

By William Rollo, Friday February 1, 2013 - 11:36 EDT

Floodwaters are receding at Gladstone, in central Queensland, and the number of people staying at the city's main emergency evacuation centre has dropped to about 20.

Last weekend, more than 1,000 people were issued flood evacuation alerts as the Awoonga Dam spilled record amounts of water into the Boyne River.

A Boyne Island homeowner says he has been overwhelmed with offers for help to clean up his property after the floods.

Water reached the floorboards at Greg Sendal's home on Sunday and contamination from sewage means he will have to throw away most of his children's toys.

However, he says he has turned people away so they can help others in need.

"They just walked up the driveway while we're cleaning up, shovelling and he says, 'gidday mate, is there any chance I can give you a hand?'" he said.

"I said, 'I love your spirit but we've got it under control but I know people up the road they've [got] a metre through their place and they'll certainly need a hand'.

"So he went down there and spent a day out there helping out."


- ABC

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