Flood of despair, support

EVERYONE OUT: David Byrne wades to higher ground through the floodwaters that engulfed his caravan park last week. PHOTO: Justin Jenvey

MYRTLEFORD SES controller Jason Forber has praised the town’s incredible community spirit after businesses and residents rallied in the wake of last week’s flooding.

He said people walked off the street to help fill sandbags at the height of the crisis, cafes stayed open late into the night to feed volunteers and one business offered free massages.

Ardern’s Caravan Park’s David Byrne was another humbled by support.

His park was up to 1.5 metres deep in raging floodwaters that forced its permanent residents and a number of holiday makers to evacuate.

“I rung one fella for some help and then all of a sudden 25 turned up,” he said.

“For a bloke that has only been here two years it really meant a lot.”

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