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VIDEO: Sandy Hook Ski Club prepared for third flood

MINOR FLOODING: The Sandy Hook Ski Club is once again threatened by the rising floodwaters of the Burnett River. Photo: Mike Knott / NewsMail
MINOR FLOODING: The Sandy Hook Ski Club is once again threatened by the rising floodwaters of the Burnett River. Photo: Mike Knott / NewsMail Mike Knott

IT'S the trifecta no sporting club wants, but Sandy Hook Ski Club is taking it all in its stride.

The club sits on the banks of the Burnett River and with floodwater rising, club president Colin Patterson has been closely monitoring the situation.

Yesterday, Patterson told the NewsMail he was expecting some minor flooding at the clubhouse but that it would not be as dire as in 2011 and 2013.

"This is our third flood since 2011," he said.

"We have stripped the bottom of the clubhouse out, but at the moment the water is receding.

"I've disconnected all the power and covered the toilets."

Patterson was expecting the water to rise again last night.

"We are still going to have a minimum amount of damage in the clubhouse," he said.

"But this is going to be nothing like those other two floods."

In both 2011 and 2013 floodwaters inundated the clubhouse.

At the height of the 2013 floods, water was more than a metre above the roof, damaging windows and destroying everything inside.

Yesterday, Patterson said he made a decision on Saturday afternoon to head to the clubhouse and strip it down.

"We had ski club members help us out," he said.

With a meet scheduled at Sandy Hook on March 20, Patterson believed the club would be ready to host it.

"When it's safe enough, we will go out and check the water to make sure it's safe, but we should be able to hold an event here," he said.

With the weather proving unpredictable during the past few days, many sports events in the region were cancelled.

Bundaberg Softball organisers decided on Friday it was in the best interests of the softball community to cancel the weekend's matches.

Earlier last week, the Bundaberg Cricket Association cancelled all cricket games in the region.

 

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