With thousands of residents forced to vacate their homes each month due to the flooding of the city, it is hard to find a single furniture store that is not full of new furniture.
“There’s nothing like a little snowflake to keep you warm and cozy,” says Kate.
“It’s a very peaceful feeling.”
With the arrival of winter in Australia, it’s hard to imagine the city has had enough snow to make up for the lack of snowfall.
“We’ve had two or three months of nothing, and now we’re in February and we’ve had snow, we’ve got no furniture,” Kate says.
“I’ve had to put a mattress on top of the furniture and the snow, but that’s OK.
We’re not in a place where we have to put it in a landfill.”
“We’ve got an empty house, but we don’t have anything to go to the landfill.”
Kate says she has a feeling that when the cold snaps and temperatures drop, furniture will be gone.
Kate’s family is currently in an apartment they have rented for the last four years.
It’s her family’s third home, after their parents moved to Victoria, and she’s been living with them.
“It’s been a really long time since we’ve lived here,” she says.
“I’ve got five kids, and we’re getting older and we don,t know how long we’re going to last here.
They’re the only people we’ve ever really known.”
As winter sets in, Kate is planning on finding somewhere to live.
She’s not the only one who is concerned about the state of the community.
For those of us who are living in the same house, it can be difficult to make sense of the situation.
“The big question that keeps coming up is, how are we going to pay for our own furniture when we can’t get furniture to the neighbours?”
Kate says, as she takes a break to catch her breath.
When we’re talking about furniture, Kate says the big question is how we’re gonna get rid of it.
Kate is a furniture shopper, and while the market for furniture is saturated, she says there is still a market for new furniture, even after the flood.
She says there are a few things that are being overlooked, but there are also a lot of things that could be done to make it easier for those who have no furniture.
If you have any questions about the flooding, please contact Kate on 02 9292 1511 or on facebook.com/home.
For more information on flooding and the city of Perth, go to local.abc.net.au/news/local/flooding-in-perth-causes-serious-health-issues-26292911