By ROXANNE MILLAR
AS farmers and firefighters celebrated yesterday's rains, one Brisbane man sat in a puddle of mud with his dreams in ruins beneath him.
A massive downpour early yesterday morning destroyed $55,000 of earthworks Ian Grant had done to begin construction on his dream home in Tweed Heads.
The retaining walls he had constructed three weeks ago failed to hold run-off from the hill above his block, which rained muck down his new rock walls and onto the street below.
Mr Grant could not hide his dismay as residential Mugga Way became awash with gravel, mud and dirt from the spill.
"We bought here to retire and had the retaining walls built only three weeks ago," he said.
"Obviously the rain didn't run down where we wanted it to and has ended up on the street.
"We are going to have to get a backhoe in to tidy it up and cart all this mess away."
Neighbour Korelle Hartley said the rain had bucketed down the hill like a waterfall, spilling through her yard and down her stairs.
"I'm not worried about our place ? this was Ian's dream, it is terrible for him," she said.
Inspecting the drainage yesterday, Mr Grant was surprisingly good-natured about his retirement set-back.
"I guess it is better that it happened now rather than later," he said.