Daintree family asks for help with flood recovery


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DEVASTATED: The inside of Enrico Frattin's house was all but destroyed when the Daintree River flooded. Image: Supplied.

A Daintree family is reaching out to the community for help after they lost everything in the Australia Day floods.

Enrico Frattin’s house in Lower Daintree was completely washed out when the Daintree River peaked at levels not seen for 118 years.

Although Mr Frattin did everything he could to prepare for the flooding, he still lost most of his household goods, clothing, and possessions.

Currently living with his mother, Manuela Simeoni, Mr Frattin, along with his five-month-old daughter, has been left to pick up the pieces of their lives.

“The water level went far beyond expectations,” Ms Simeoni said. 

“The vast majority of the household items had to be dumped in the last few days because they were damaged or destroyed; including a near new fridge, a full freezer, beds, a dryer, couches and furniture.”

The watermarks on the inside of the house show the flood was 1.93 metres high on the interior walls and two metres high on the outside of the house.

Luckily, his young daughter was staying with her mother at the time of the floods and was nowhere near the house on 26 January.

Ms Simeoni has started a crowdfunding campaign to help her son recover the items lost during the flood.

“We estimate that $12,000 would cover the basics as everything in the house was Enrico’s property,” she said.

“Unfortunately, many precious items that got lost had no value in money and cannot be replaced.” 

She said her son has been working to try to restore the property as best he can and thanked members of the community who had already lent a hand with cleaning the house.

“He received a lot of help and support from friends and the local community, which is the only reason why the house is mostly clean inside even though it is empty and bare of everything.”

It is unclear if Mr Frattin will be able to live in the house once it is cleaned, as the electrical work will need to be assessed for safety.

Until then, Ms Simeoni said her son is trying to stay positive and take the recovery one step at a time.

“Enrico is a strong man emotionally and in this moment he's trying to find a positive side to everything,” she said.




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