Hotels best laid plans useless
CUT off on all sides, the floods are more of a nuisance than anything for Rolleston residents, who have seen it all before.
After being cut off for seven weeks in February, locals are hoping they won’t be cut off for as long this time around.
However, with more rain forecast, it’s not looking hopeful, Rolleston Hotel Motel publican Narelle Wells said.
“The water level is dropping at the moment at the Comet River and at Panorama Creek but it is very cloudy and humid so there’s plenty more to come,” she said.
The Rolleston Hotel Motel was prepared for the flood, having brought in supplies last week, she said.
“This happens a lot round here, so we were expecting it and stocked up,” Narelle said.
Despite the forward planning, the hotel is still impacted by the flooding, with plenty of sandflies around but far fewer customers.
“None of the workers from Rolleston Mine can get through,” Narelle said.
“They’re all staying on the other side of the river at Springsure, and we’ve got no trucks or caravanners coming through so we’ve dropped from 50 to 12 meals a night.”
And with no access to supplies, time is ticking for the town.
“It’s just an absolute nuisance,” she said.
“We’ve got the SES boat coming in from Springsure-way to deliver mail and bring bread, but until we can get through supplies, we’re going to fall short on soft drinks and we probably won’t get an alcohol order through.”
“We’ve got no trucks or caravanners coming through so we’ve dropped from 50 to 12 meals a night,”
Rolleston Hotel Motel owner Narelle Wells