Young Oz experienced caved-in roof during severe weather
AS WATERS rose and winds hurled during the January floods, businesses coped severe storm damage in and around Gladstone.
The devastation of the January floods was atrocious enough for residents who suffered property damage, let alone the business that suffered along with it.
During the four days of horrendous weather in Gladstone, The Young Australian (Oz) Hotel experienced a caved-in roof, along with endless leaks and flooded water damage.
Young Oz general manager Robert Miller said the roof caved in, in the gaming room about 2am on Saturday, January 26.
Mr Miller said the whole experience was devastating.
"We were a bit concerned about staff and patrons," he said.
"We tried to guide them around the areas where we were affected."
The business saw leaks in the public bar roof in about five places.
"We had to close half of it," Mr Miller said.
"We kept the public bar open on one end and continued to service patrons but blocked up the other end."
Along with the damage came disappointment of cancelling the local entertainment Friday and Saturday night.
Yet despite the unfortunate events, Mr Miller continued to operate throughout the four days.
"We kept positive throughout the whole thing," he said.
"That's why we stayed open.
"Other venues had to close during the few days and we had good numbers in for dinner and lunches over those four days.
"Whether that was because Woolworths was running out of food we don't know."
Mr Miller said the ordeal was difficult for many people.
"It's not just the surface damage you see but the personal side also.
"People missed out on the dollars to pay their bills," he said in relation to staff not being able to get to work due to living in flooded areas.
Mr Miller is currently working on getting quotes for the damages.
"Getting all the paperwork," he said was next on the list.
"The carpets were affected in the gaming room so we are getting quotes for that which is another hard job as they are busy everywhere else."
But in positive spirits Mr Miller said: "We can only do what we can do."
Other businesses in and around Gladstone also suffered the affects of the January floods.
Primary producers were amongst those who suffered great loss.
Flood affected businesses
Some businesses known of that were affected by floods whether by damage or closure:
- Baffle Creek Tavern
- Young Australian Hotel
- Awoonga Caravan Park
- Lake Awoonga Boat Hire
- Awoonga Gateway Lodge
- True Colours Tattoo Studio
- The Health Nut
- Various Gladstone sporting associations