PAUL Worland could only watch in despair as the rain came down.
PAUL Worland could only watch in despair as the rain came down. Coffs Coast Advocate

Back to business after floods

PAUL Worland from Total Gardens was trying to look on the bright side when he said: “Well, at least we won't have to water the plants.”

Like many locals, Paul could only watch in despair as the rain came down and his property was flooded almost two weeks ago.

“At first we didn't think it would be too bad and started sandbagging, but we're in a bit of a basin here and when the drains gave way we knew it would all go under.”

When the ice-cream fridge started floating around the shop, the Total Gardens team grabbed the kettle and went to a shed on higher ground.

“The water left about 10cms of mud on everything,” Paul said. “We pulled a wheel from a 4WD out of the drain, goodness knows where the rest of the car ended up.”

Paul and Julie of Total Gardens would like to thank their staff and the members of the community who helped with the big clean up.

“The nursery is looking better than ever, everyone has worked so hard, it's amazing what's been achieved in just a week and a half. We just took out the Best Small Garden Centre in NSW/ACT from the Nursery Industry of Australia, and now we're planning on winning it again next year.”

Total Gardens, on the corner of Nelson Street and Coramba Road, Coffs Harbour, is fully stocked and totally open for business. Easter weekend hours include Monday, 9am to 4pm and regular weekdays 7.30am to 5pm.

“Tim, our licensed landscaper, will be on deck to assist customers to plan rebuilding gardens or planning new projects.”

There is also plenty of road base, crusher dust and gravel for people repairing driveways and hard landscaping, as well as mulch for garden beds. Deliveries over the long weekend on 6651 2002.

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