Stacey Wakeman in her Baffle Creek home after the Australia Day floods. Stacey is still waiting on insurance companies two months after the flooding event.
Stacey Wakeman in her Baffle Creek home after the Australia Day floods. Stacey is still waiting on insurance companies two months after the flooding event. Brenda Strong

Two months on, flood victim still waits for insurance

STACEY Wakeman is still waiting to hear back from her insurance company two months after stormwater from the Australia Day floods destroyed her home.

Last week she moved into a temporary granny flat on her property, unable to return to her damaged house.

"It's the frustration of waiting and not being able to sleep in your own bed," she said.

"Your life is completely on hold."

Stacey said it wasn't even floodwater which inundated her property.

"We don't live on the river and our area isn't known to flood," she said. "It was just the sheer amount of stormwater which came down from the hill."

She still remembers the flood event as though it was yesterday.

"The only way to get out was by boat," she said.

Stacey evacuated at dawn with her sons Brad, 17, and Steven, 16, who had to go back and rescue the two family dogs.

"The neighbours were kind enough to put us up," she said.

For the past two months, Stacey has been working non-stop to rebuild her life and home.

"People don't understand when you've lost everything, you really have lost everything.

"I'm sick of fighting with the insurance company and wondering about the future."

Stacey Wakeman's Baffle Creek home during the Australia Day floods.
Stacey Wakeman's Baffle Creek home during the Australia Day floods.