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Mitchell flood victims still dealing with emotional fallout

By Chrissy Arthur and Blythe Seinor, Monday March 18, 2013 - 15:09 EDT

More than a year after losing almost everything in a record flood, a Mitchell resident in Queensland's southern inland says she is still feeling the emotional impacts.

More than three-quarters of homes and businesses in Mitchell were inundated by floodwaters from the Maranoa River in February last year.

Kyline Garland says while her family home has been fixed and the physical repairs are continuing, it is still a difficult recovery.

"It has affected us both emotionally," she said.

"Sometimes we don't have the get and up to get up and go because we are still depressed and down about it.

"It still affects us daily - like the mess that you come home to because we haven't got the money to finish things.

"But the kids, we try and keep their life normal and that is the most important thing.

She says she cannot watch the news.

"I feel for Bundaberg - it never goes away," she said.

"Some people in town say, 'get over it'.

"Other people say 'there's another flood around the corner', but I have to be honest - every time it rains I am looking at this back gully and thinking, 'oh my God, is it coming up?'

"Emotionally it affects you and I think it is for a long time - I don't think it goes away."


© ABC 2013

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