‘It was crazy how quickly it all changed’ says former Geraldton radio presenter Brady Ellis about floodwaters wreaking havoc in Townsville, Queensland.

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Lily and Brady Ellis brave the floodwaters near their home in Townsville.
Camera IconLily and Brady Ellis brave the floodwaters near their home in Townsville. Credit: Supplied, Brady Ellis

Next time you catch yourself complaining about the 40C days and 40km/h winds in Geraldton, spare a thought for former residents Brady and Lily Ellis.

A former Spirit 98.1 presenter in Geraldton, Mr Ellis now works for a radio station in Townsville, Queensland, where he has experienced first-hand the monsoonal floods wreaking havoc in the coastal city.

“It was crazy how quickly it all changed,” he said.

“Everything was fine, and then bang — within hours, streets were under five feet of water.

“The water was so relentless — it was like a movie.

“A lot of people were embracing it — they’d go past your window on a paddleboard one day, and then the next day they were being evacuated by the army.” With the worst now passed, Mr Ellis said residents were weighing the damage and beginning the clean-up.

“The whole town is full of insurance assessors, and people are finding out whether or not they’re covered, which is an awful time for some,” he said.

Unfortunately for the couple, their home was among those flooded.

“We had four feet of water, which was enough to write everything off that was downstairs — including the car parked out the front,” Mr Ellis said.

“Now we need new walls, new furniture, new electric, new tiles.

“The brand-new kitchen that we installed ourselves about six months ago is a complete write-off.”

Three people have so far been killed as a result of the natural disaster.

To help with the relief effort, last week Bunnings Warehouse stores across Australia, including in Geraldton, held fundraising sausage sizzles for victims of the floods.

All money raised was expected to be donated through the not-for-profit organisation GIVIT.

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