By Emily Arlidge for Toowoomba Chronicle

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MURPHYS Creek resident Heidi Hudson is thankful for all the support she is receiving at the Toowoomba Grammar School’s Evacuation Centre.

The Hudson’s home was devastated on Monday by a landslide caused by excessive rainfall.

Ms Hudson’s youngest daughter Breanna, 13, was trapped in the kitchen and her son Zachery, 17, narrowly escaped from their living room.

Breanna, 13, sustained three broken ribs while her brother Zachery, 17, received head injuries.

“We waited five hours for the ambulance to get to us through the floods,” Breanna said.

Ms Hudson is concerned for two of her children, Dorothy, 14, and Quinn, 10, who remain stranded in a low-lying area of Murphys Creek.

Tanya Wassell and her four children, Rayannah, Shannon, Natisha and Zhane escaped the floodwaters in Oakey with only the clothes they were wearing.

“We were waist deep in water leaving our house,” she said.

“What they say is true. You don’t worry about possessions in this situation.”

She believes her home was completely inundated, but she understands that her uninsured car is not underwater.

“Before I left I put all of the photographs in high places.”

Tim and Stephanie Champion from Pittsworth arrived at the evacuation centre yesterday.

They had been staying at the National Hotel on Russell St before the killer “inland tsunami” swept through Toowoomba on Monday.

“We watched the water coming up fast and then had five minutes to get our things,” Mr Champion said.

“We’re stranded now and I don’t know when we’ll get home again,” Mrs Champion said.


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