Thanks for hero neighbour

Noel and Kris Christian had only been living in Gleneagle for 18 months when the floods hit in March, but given the response they have received from the community they will not be leaving anytime soon.

Mr and Mrs Christian took over as caretakers on a property at Allan Creek Road in late 2015 and had planned an evening in on the night the flood hit.

“We knew there was a lot of rain on the way, so we checked the yard at 10pm, saw it was okay then went to bed to watch a movie,” Noel Christian said.

The couple was awoken by an emergency text from the council two hours later warning residents about serious flooding in their area.

“By the time we got up and went to leave, the water was already lapping at our car door. We were so lucky to get out when we did,” Mr Christian said.

“If we had not got that text I don’t think we’d still be alive, or if we got it half an hour later I’m not sure we would’ve been able to even get up on the roof to avoid the water.”

When they evacuated their property by car they found that Allan Creek Road had been cut off at both ends, leaving them stranded with the water closing in.

It was then that the generosity of their neighbours came to the fore.

“The only place we could go was higher up the bank to a property owned by the Maloneys,” Mr Christian said.

“We didn’t know them before that night and they took us in and fed us and washed our clothes and made sure we were comfortable while the floods raged around us.

“Then when it was all over they took us back and helped us begin the clean up. They are just wonderful people.”

Mr Christian said when SES volunteers visited their house they said it was one of the worst hit in the whole Scenic Rim area.

“At ground level we had more than two metres of water, which meant one metre of water through the house,” he said.

“Our house and contents and cars have either been destroyed or washed down the Logan River.”

Since then, the Christians have been staying with another family, the Radkes, as they begin to piece together their next move.

“All of these people are the true flood heroes,” Mr Christian said.

“To be so selfless toward complete strangers, I cannot thank them enough for their help.”