Troy's heartbreak over floods
TROY Cassar Daley paused and choked back tears today, as he told of his property's inundation in the Brisbane floods.
The floodwaters completely inundated the bottom storey of the country singer’s "simple, two-storey besser block" house and even made it 20cm into the second storey.
Troy’s flood horror began last Monday with hourly calls to his neighbours, checking on what was happening at his beloved second home.
By the fourth hour things were not looking at all hopeful.
“By that call, my neighbour just said the water has come over the banks, we're frigged," he said.
“He managed to save our horses, but everything was trashed. All down our stretch of the river, everyone’s houses were inundated.”
The smell of the flood mud that surrounded Cassar-Daley’s Fernvale farmhouse took him back to the 1974 Grafton floods he experienced when he was a kid.
“We purposely didn’t take our kids out there on the first two or three days because it was just too much to take in. I remember how I felt in '74 as a kid in Grafton and the mud and the smell of it and it took me straight back there,” he said.
“I don’t feel like we were affected as bad as many others but it is still hard to walk into a place that you love and cherish and have worked hard for ... and you can't even open the door because stuff is just strewn everywhere.
“I can still sing and play guitar though. I am lucky. My job is still intact but my neighbours' jobs are gone. They have to start from scratch.”