Two months on, single mum picks up the pieces after floods

Single mother Vicky Green lost everything when the cottage she was renting in Fort Street flooded.
Single mother Vicky Green lost everything when the cottage she was renting in Fort Street flooded. Robyne Cuerel

A SINGLE mother is starting from scratch after the cottage she was renting in Fort St South went under in the January floods - but says she is unlikely to return to Maryborough.

Vicky Green was pictured covered in mud on the front page of the Chronicle's flood coverage edition.

Two months later, she is now renting a room in Chinchilla with her 20-month-old daughter Rhylee.

"The last two years have been the worst two years of my life. My Dad was in hospital for leukemia, both my grandparents died, my cousin died from cancer - I was coping with all this ... I didn't think anything could possibly bring me down or make things worse."

Then the flood came.

The peak of the cottage roof was all that could be seen as the Mary River flooded the CBD.

She said to stand back and watch the cottage and her car go under was devastating.

Miss Green said she was sharing the cottage with a friend who was renting through a company in town.

She believes council should never have approved the cottage to be built where it was, let alone allowed it to be rented it out because it was built in a causeway.

Following the picture in the Chronicle, women of Maryborough donated clothes and toys.

"I had $50 in my account. All of my savings went on a motor for my car," she said.

As the floodwaters rose, she tried to move the car but the battery was flat.

"A bloke from up the street bought his car battery, we started the car and tried to shift it but the ground was so wet from all the rain, that it got bogged."

And if all of that wasn't enough, Miss Green ended up in hospital after contracting a virus which she can only put down to being flood related.

"I was put in hospital two weeks after the flood. I had been vomiting and was extremely dehydrated. My stomach felt like it was tied in knots. Tests revealed bowel bacteria and leptospirosis. I still haven't fully recovered."

"I don't think I will move back to Maryborough, I'm just taking a day at a time and go with the flow."

Patience is the key.

For the young mother, the recovery is a slow process and she is currently saving for another car.

"It's hard to save because I don't work as I have my little girl full time and she comes first."

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Mum Vicky Green with her daughter Rhylee, almost two months after they lost everything in the January floods.
Mum Vicky Green with her daughter Rhylee, almost two months after they lost everything in the January floods. Contributed

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