Caravan park left in trouble by floods


SPLIT Solitary Caravan Park residents and visitors were forced out over the weekend, after flooding left many of their sites and facilities inoperable.

Managers of the park, Shane and Debbie Dunlop, are doing their best to deal with the rising waters in the park following the heavy rain over the weekend.

The park, situated at the popular Sapphire Beach, has at some points been knee-deep under water.

"We've had seven caravans leave," Mr Dunlop said.

"We can't use any of our sites. We've had to move two different visitors staying in tents into cabins, and two of our tourist cabins have gone under water.

"The games room, the workshop, all of it has been knee-deep under water I cleared four wheelbarrow loads of leaves out from the barbecue area."

While the waters subsided somewhat yesterday, the couple feared ongoing rain could mean remaining visitors would have to leave.

"We've put all the caravans that are left in the one dry spot we could find," Mr Dunlop said.

"We've tried to do the right thing by moving the campers into cabins, but as of next week they're booked out, so people will have to decide what they want to do."

Mr Dunlop said while the huge amount of rain the coast had over the weekend led to the flooding, he also claimed the main drainage system was struggling to cope with the run-off from nearby developments.

"The drain just can't handle all the water, and we're copping the overflow," he said. !

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