91-year-old holidays in Australian disaster zone

Syril Woodhouse, Australia Pic.

Syril Woodhouse, Australia Pic.

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A PENSIONER visiting family in Australia for the first time in 27 years found himself caught up in flooding in Brisbane and has brought back these shocking photographs.

Cyril Woodhouse, 91, of Byron Avenue, Grantham, was visiting his niece, Grantham-born and raised Linda Walker, when the floods hit.

During his stay, it rained almost continuously for 21 out of the 25 days.

Mr Woodhouse said: “I was out there from December 12 until January 12 and the weather had already been bad when I got there but the real floods started a few days before I left.”

Mr Woodhouse was staying in Moorooka, just outside Brisbane, and was fortunate to avoid the worst of the flooding.

He said: “We were on a hill so we were okay. The valley next to us was what got hit worst.”

The photographs were taken by Grantham ex-pat Linda. Since returning home to Grantham Cyril has been back in touch with his family about the situation.

He said: “The weather has changed for the better and that has improved things but there was a big cyclone heading there this week and everyone was very worried.”

l Grantham in Queensland was one of the areas worst hit by the flooding.

Rotarians in Grantham, Lincolnshire, have been in touch with their colleagues in Grantham, Queensland and are attempting to contact a local Rotary club as there is not one in Grantham itself.

President of the Rotary Club of Grantham Courtney Finn said: “We will be looking to see if there is anything we can do when the situation has become clearer and the initial clean-up is complete.”