Make it 12

Former managers find themselves in a familiar setting just in time for a flood
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FAMILIAR FEELING: Sue Downie could only smile at the Painters Island Caravan Park yesterday as the water from the Ovens River flowed in to engulf the facilties. PHOTO: Steve Kelly

LUCK’S a fortune, but for Sue and Shane Downie it was a laughable situation as the Ovens River burst its banks yesterday.

District 23 CFA confirmed that moderate flood level of 12.4 metres was reached at 1.07pm.

It was the 12th time the former managers of Painters Island Caravan Park have had water from the Ovens River inundate the park, but this time they were just filling in.

They put into action the flood management plan with military precision and by lunch time all they could do was watch the water flow in.

Over the years the park has been inundated with flood waters as soon as the Ovens River reaches minor flood level of 11.9m.

The river reached this point during late Saturday evening.

Yesterday morning at 7.30am the Ovens was at 12.26m and the water began to cascade over a nearby concrete footpath that was acting as a levee bank.


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