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By Lucy Johnson
A WELSHPOOL couple
has been forced out of
their home for a month
after it was flooded last
Tuesday during severe
Mr and Mrs Demaria said they
were not aware of the rising wa-
ter in their home when the power
went out at their Woorarra Road
property around 7pm.
“It was dark and we could
not see the water coming in. We
realised that water was starting to
pool in the living room and it was
already two inches deep,” Heather
“We immediately left and trav-
elled to Hedley to stay the night at
our son’s home.”
“Apparently the power did
not come back on until 9.45 in the
morning on Wednesday.”
The couple returned to the
property on Wednesday morning to
find most of the water had drained,
but damage had been done to their
belongings and the couple now has
to vacate the property for a month
while it is repaired.
“We are going to stay at our
daughter’s house in Yarram while
a team works on cutting out the
damaged areas, replastering and
painting the house,” Mrs Demaria
“We are just grateful that it was
covered by our insurance. I hate to
think about the total costs of the
Unfortunately this is not the
first time the Demaria’s have had
to leave their flooded property.
“My neighbour said he has not
seen South Gippsland Shire Coun-
cil clean out the roadside drain in
years and years,” Mrs Demaria
“It has been blocked before.
Seven years ago and we had wa-
ter up to our ankles. Again in 2011
we had to come back from a trip in
Europe because we were told our
house was flooded.”
Home flooded again
Saving home: Heather and Nicola Demaria had to leave
their Welshpool home when it started taking in flood water
last Tuesday evening.
Helping hall: CFA fire fighter David Grylls stands outside
Welshpool Memorial Hall where emergency services set up
a relief centre for evacuating residents during last week’s
By Lucy Johnson
WONTHAGGI Medical Group was
forced to close and evacuate when water
started gushing through the building last
The Murray Street clinic will be inoperable for
at least two weeks as teams work to pull up the
flooded carpet and ensure the building is structur-
Practice manager Gayle Bloch said its team is
now seeing its patients out of a couple of tempo-
“Wonthaggi Hospital has given us some of its
spare rooms and are accommodating our special-
ists there while a clinic space Sinclair Dermatol-
ogy on 231 White Road also has a temporary spe-
cialist clinic there,” she said.
Receptionists at Wonthaggi Medical Group
worked “frantically” to inform patients of the
change prior to their appointments.
Centre closed: Wonthaggi Medical Group
was forced to close when flood water gushed
into the Murray Street clinic on Tuesday.
Medical group inundated
Mr and Mrs Demaria said
Council came to view the property
and help clean up the debris; how-
ever no responsibility has been
taken for the drainage problem.
“My son asked Council about
the drain and he was told that the
drains could not cope with more
that 70mm of rainfall in one day,”
Mrs Demaria said.
Nearby farm properties record-
ed 90mm last Tuesday.
Welshpool CFA prepared for
victims of flooding and set up a
relief centre at the Welshpool Me-
morial Hall on Tuesday evening.
CFA firefighter David Grylls
said a number of members went
doorknocking to warn of potential
flooding and opened up the hall as
“Everyone appeared to be okay
and nobody turned up to stay at the
hall,” he said.
“This is not the first time we
have had flooding in the area, how-
ever it is probably the worst I have
seen it in about 25 years.”
“We have been redirecting our patients and
we are grateful that everybody has been so under-
standing and are working with us to get them to
where they need to be,” Ms Bloch said.
“We are also very thankful to have the support
of the clinics who have helped us out.”
The evacuation occurred last Tuesday at
2.30pm when the clinic was flooded in three inch
deep water within the space of 10 minutes.
“Luckily none of our equipment was damaged.
We are just waiting to ensure the place is safe. We
are just in dry out mode,” Ms Bloch said.
“The water came in so fast. It was pretty in-
“We are still fairly functional at the moment
and our staff have been amazing.”
Flooding also caused disruptions to other com-
munity events and services last week.
Residents in Welshpool lost access to electric-
ity at around 7pm on Tuesday and many homes
were still without power until 9.45 the following
South Gippsland Shire Council was not im-
mune to the wild weather which resulted in the
postponement of its Community Grants presenta-
tion event which was supposed to be held at the
Chambers on Wednesday. The event will now be
held on Wednesday, July 20.
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