Poo-trid problem gives Priscilla birthday blues
WHEN Priscilla Anderson opened the door to her Nhulunbuy home to find herself ankle deep in sewage, she realised she wasn't having a good day.
The Nhulunbuy local was celebrating her birthday, fielding the dozens of calls from friends and family wishing her well when she received a call from her real estate agent.
Her fiance, Shane O'Hara, was working out bush and would be arriving home later that day.
"Receiving birthday phone calls all morning, I was quite surprised when I received a phone call from the real estate rental agent advising my neighbour had contacted them demanding I return home right away as our house has been flooded (with sewage) for the second time," Ms Anderson told her aunt Neryl Peterson said. "Not a flood that anyone would want, and to see the sewage covering the whole house and the stench.
"Everything we owned was putrid and the mess was unbelievable. I was absolutely devastated to see our furbabies up to their necks in sewage in the backyard, and all their freshwater, food and bedding ruined."
The couple, who were saving for their wedding which is only a couple of months away, lost everything.
"It was the worst day I have ever had," Ms Anderson said.
The couple were later told the pipe that burst also serviced the local hospital, and was carrying waste from patients.
To make things worse, Ms Anderson had woken up on her birthday to a message from her partner's sister, saying his grandmother was in hospital and very unwell. "I went to work knowing I would have to deliver the news on his return," Ms Anderson said. The following day, Mr O'Hara's grandmother passed away.
Ms Peterson has set up a GoFundMe for the couple. Already it has raised $1000 of the $10,000 goal. It was created a week ago. To help the couple out, visit gofundme.com/pippa-shane-disaster-relief