Continued rain at Urunga scary

THE continuing rain is not helping the peace of mind of Urunga residents recovering from the shock of the floods.

According to Mary Brodbeck of Bellinger Keys, some neighbours were feeling quite fearful of the ongoing showers.

“People are still very uptight,” Mrs Brodbeck said.

“The sound is a reminder of how frightening it was.”

In the centre of town Jan Feehely has just moved back into her Orara Street flat. Out of 10 units, only four have been reoccupied so far.

“We're managing to keep our heads above water,” Mrs Feehely laughed drily.

“We've been loaned a bed and a fridge. I've had the ceiling fans going 24 hours a day to dry the unit. We lost everything - it's very hard but I just keep reminding myself there are others who are worse off.”

She said the Department of Housing had been 'fabulous', organising accommodation and new carpets were due soon.

Down at the Urunga Bowling Club, it's almost buiness-as-usual, in a scaled down sort of way.

Club chairman Bruce Cronin said within 48 hours of a metre of water washing through the premises, the greens were back in action, ready for last weekend's Easter tournament.

“The very next day people turned up, unasked, and started ripping up carpets and chucking furniture. Now we're trading from the back bar and the kitchen is open,” Mr Cronin said.

Flood recovery committee member, mayor Mark Troy said although much of the major clean-up had occurred, there were emotional issues emerging, especially for the frail and elderly.

“Coping with the loss is hard - assistance is being offered,” he said.

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