Sean and Mary Johnston from the Fernvale Hotel have helped locals with rooms and food.
Sean and Mary Johnston from the Fernvale Hotel have helped locals with rooms and food.

Hotel owners assist flood victims

IT did not take long for residents and business owners in Fernvale to chip in and help out those in their town affected by the floods.

More than 40 evacuees were put up in rooms at the Fernvale Hotel Motel on Tuesday night, with many still remaining at the site – all free of charge.

They were also provided with meals on the house, courtesy of the hotel’s food reserves, some of which was kept on ice when the power went out.

Some of the evacuated residents who stayed there described the Johnston family, which runs the hotel, as “bloody fantastic”. But owner Mary Johnston said they just did what anyone in their position would do.

With many Fernvale residents starting the clean-up of their homes today, local businesses like Zanows’ Sand and Gravel and Rock-A-Fella plant hires were on the ground early, helping where they could.

Bobcats, front-end loaders and trucks were out in force picking up the ruined furniture, white goods and other waste residents cleared from their homes.

Des Friels, owner of Rock-A-Fellas, said everyone in the community was helping where they could.

“A lot of us will be here for as long as it takes,” he said.



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