What it’s like to be part of the Mud Army

Beenleigh retiree Clive Finter is just one of the members of the Mud Army who has given up his time to help clean up homes following recent flooding in south-east Queensland.Mr Finter pulled on his gumboots and gloves last Wednesday.He said seeing his community in such a state was what pushed him to help out. Baked Relief helps flood recovery Fruit cakes, biscuits and muffins are helping put smiles on the faces of people affected by floods in Logan and Beenleigh. Photo:
Clive Finter also gives those affected by floods a smile. (ABC Radio Brisbane: Terri Begley)
“We’ve seen the need to help the many people who have been affected badly,” he said.”We know we have to help somebody and we do it by lending a shoulder or lending a hand.”Mr Finter was also motivated by his experience during the 2011 Brisbane floods when his son’s home went underwater in Rocklea.”More than 18 feet of water went through his home in 2011 so we understand what it’s like,” he said.”It took him three months to recover.”

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Mud Army volunteers help home owners affected by flooding by cleaning their homes and moving unwanted items. (ABC Radio Brisbane: Terri Begley)
Getting your hands dirty and ignoring the smellVolunteering as part of the Mud Army means Mr Finter assists with washing down items that can be retrieved from homes, as well as removing things that need to be disposed of. “You get used to the pungent smell that goes along with it,” he said.”It turns your stomach but you have to swallow it and get used to it and keep moving on.”Really, one of the biggest thing I can give people affected by the floods is a smile and to be there for them.”Although living close by to the affected areas, Mr Finter said he and his wife were one of the “lucky ones”.”We’ve been residents here since 1971 and we’ve been through three or four bad floods,” he said.”Luckily for us we’re fortunate enough to be in a nice high spot so we weren’t affected.”ABC Radio Brisbane is showing how great our city truly is during Friday April 7 by encouraging all of us to say thanks.Tune in to ABC Radio Brisbane online, via the ABC Radio App or at 612AM on your dial. External Link:

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By Terri Begley and Jessica Hinchliffe

Updated

April 07, 2017 10:54:53

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The Mud Army in Beenleigh head out to help their neighbours. (ABC Radio Brisbane: Terri Begley)
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