Newspaper article News Mail Bundaberg Qld.

Recovery a Tricky Business; Long Haul for Owners of Flooded Premises

Newspaper article News Mail Bundaberg Qld.

Recovery a Tricky Business; Long Haul for Owners of Flooded Premises

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Byline: Mike Derry

ONE year on from the 2010 Christmas floods, some Bundaberg businesses are still feeling the effects from the water that swept through their premises.

At Nowa Power Products, owner Mark Draganoff is still completing renovations.

Water went above the ceiling at his business, destroying the spare parts he had in stock and most of his small equipment.

aIt's been a long year,a he said.

aWe had to wait for the insurance money to come through before we started renovations.a

The building's ceiling was lost to the floodwaters and Mr Draganoff said it had not yet been replaced.

He said it took him and his helpers about six days to clean out the mud.

aAs soon as we cleaned it up, we put stock out on the floor again and started selling,a he said.

aWe've got nine staff and we managed to keep all of them employed.a

Apart from staff, Mr Draganoff said members of the public walked in the door and started helping with the clean up.

He said he knew his premises were a flood risk when he moved into the building, but that it was in such a good retail position he would be reluctant to move.

aWhat caught us out was how fast it happened in the end,a he said.

aThe water went from the floor to halfway up the windows in about four hours.a

Bundaberg Chainsaws and Lawnmowers, in Targo St, was also hard hit.

Owner Keith Iseppi said they had to move out to a site in Commercial St for about two-and-a-half months while the building was repaired.

aIt's all behind us now a we're still going,a he said.

While the floods were a tough introduction to a business he had taken over only nine months earlier, Mr Iseppi said his shop had received a lot of support from locals afterwards.

aWe ended up having a good season because of all the rain,a he added.

Mr Iseppi said he realised the position of the business, at the lowest point in Targo St and right next to a stormwater drain, made it vulnerable to flooding. …

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