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A month to forget

FINDING out who your true friends are is one of the positives that may have been taken from last weekend’s tropical cyclone.

This was the case for Lynne Erricker and her family who had to contend with water damage to their home near Shell service station in Cannonvale.

Their house was unliveable after water flowed in, ruining the carpet and damaging other possessions including Ms Erricker’s daughter and son-in-law’s wedding album.

The six members in the house were forced to stay at the Reef Gateway Hotel for a few nights last week, but also got an offer from local friend Polly Fitzgerald to move into their family home.

“The support has been amazing,” Ms Erricker said.

“God bless you all.”

The damage could have been a lot worse if not for the initiative of Ms Erricker – who was here for Cyclone Ada – and son-in-law Luke Griffiths during the eye of Cyclone Ului.

The damage to their house caps off a horror month for Ms Erricker and her family after her father Des passed away about two weeks ago.

“Dad always said the best way to keep us out of trouble was to keep us tired and keep us fit,” Ms Erricker said. Well she has certainly been keeping herself busy over the past weeks alongside husband Donovan Fox who has had a huge couple of weeks as Work Group Leader of Ergon’s Whitsunday Branch.


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