Matt Peterson cleaning his pool of debris and dead fish after the floods.
Matt Peterson cleaning his pool of debris and dead fish after the floods. Christopher Chan GLA280113BOYN

Community shows its true colours after flood disaster

MATT Peterson has pulled a wheelbarrow full of debris from his pool. His neighbour Chris Hall has come over to help.

About a foot of water came through Matt's Polmaise St home.

"We were lucky to get most things upstairs," he says.

Chris nods to the one-storey house across the road.

"Lucky to have an upstairs," he says.

Chris' son Lucas was running up and down the street on his jet ski at the flood's peak. He helped move some stranded neighbours to safety.

Lucas gestures to the corner of Alexander and Polmaise Sts.

"The water went three-quarters up that sign."

He reckons incidents like this allow a community to show its true colours.

And in this case, it's been an exemplary display of mateship and generosity.

"It brings people closer together. It's pretty fitting considering it's Australia Day weekend," Chris says.

Jesse Walmsley and Lucas Hall who ferried people to safety on his jet ski during the floods.
Jesse Walmsley and Lucas Hall who ferried people to safety on his jet ski during the floods. Christopher Chan GLA280113BOYN