Volunteers return to own ordeal
AFTER spending the day evacuating residents from floodwaters, Erskine Park Rural Fire Brigade volunteers arrived back at the station on Sunday night to a nasty shock.
Nearby South Creek had flooded, leaving the station and volunteers’ cars almost one metre deep in rapidly flowing water.
The men could only watch from the road as five cars were written off and station equipment, supplies and electrical goods destroyed.
Volunteer Ben Woods said he had never seen it this bad.
“The river has peaked twice and this is the third time, and it is the worst it has ever been,” he said.
“The water was 81cm high around my car – it’s one of those things where you hear about it happening and you never expect it.”
Colleague Mick Smee said while the whole ordeal was “devastating” the crew were still in high spirits.
“You can always replace a vehicle, you can’t replace a human being,” he said.
The clean-up continues at the station, with the crew spending eight hours mopping up yesterday.