WET: The aftermath of the flood at 10am yesterday looking east from the Cafe Jacqui’s corner.
WET: The aftermath of the flood at 10am yesterday looking east from the Cafe Jacqui’s corner. Gerard Walsh

Helpers rally to businesses

THERE was a sense of deja vu among Warwick business owners on the lowest end of Victoria St yesterday morning as they pulled on their gumboots and set about cleaning up.

Sharon Ryan of Ryanie for Tyres said it was all hands on deck yesterday morning.

"With no power we are relying on manpower and a petrol-powered gurney," she said.

"We have helpers from the swimming club and the Baptist Church here this morning.

"It is great to have their support."

Mrs Ryan said they were able to get their files and computers to higher ground before the flood waters set in.

"We were told six metres," she said. "We got 33cm through the shop.

"It was sickening watching the water rise and not knowing how high it was going to come."

Mrs Ryan said they were hoping to be back up and running by Friday.

Across the road Cafe Jacqui's owner Jacqui Dwan was not sure how long before they could open their doors again.

"I have my fingers crossed we are not too long out of business," she said.

"I think it caught everybody by surprise. I didn't expect it to happen again."

Mrs Dwan said she had once again been amazed by the support of the Warwick community.

"Warwick is full of wonderful people," she said.

"I get a bit teary when I think about how nice everyone is. The amount of care is unbelievable."

Luckily Mrs Dwan was able to get most of the furniture out before flood, relocating it all across the road to Peter Stewart Ford.

"It was not as bad as last time," Mrs Dwan said.

"It didn't reach the back this time."



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