Group Officer Greg Hobbs, a member of Douglas brigade, was in
“SES was there and they were very short staffed,” says Greg. “It was bad in Natimuk at the same time and, of course, they were stretched across the state. The group in town was actually from Ballarat SES.
“We’d had about 100 to 120 millimetres on Tuesday evening which caused the river to rise and it reached its peak on Thursday night. This event was just from rainfall in the catchment.
“At the meeting there was concern expressed for the RSL building and the local hall. We called the local group by pager and got 25 to 30 from across the district. About 15 of them were just from Telangatuk.”
Also in attendance were members of
“Seventy-odd people piled in and helped without question,” continues Greg. “The police did traffic management so we could go about our business. We used a local quickfill to pump out a cellar – that was done a couple of times over the course of the day.
“We worked until about 6pm, putting sandbags at strategic places around town, and
Heath McClure is one of those
“We took a crane down the next day and gave everyone free rides. It’s 33 metres high so people had a good view of where the water got to.”
Incident Controller Tony Grimme from Ballarat SES – also a member of Miners Rest CFA – declared the response “tops”.
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