A number of caravans have been evacuated from a caravan park in the New South Wales Riverina District but organisers of a national rally to be held there this weekend insist … the show will go on.
Rapidly rising waters from Tumut river have caused some vans to be bogged at the Riverglade Caravan Park in Tumut and some to be evacuated to the nearby Railway Precinct,
As the SES issued a flood warning issued and park staff towed some vehicles to safety, the Australian Touring Caravan Motorhome and Camping Club insisted it was unlikely its headline event would be cancelled.
“We don’t want to cancel the rally – we’ve got 60 vans coming down, we’ve arranged so much,” organiser, Anita Roberts, told the Tumut and Adelong Times newspaper. “It’s so beautiful here, we’d be heartbroken if we couldn’t go ahead.”
However, it seems a simple little flood is no deterrent for the seasoned travellers of the Australian Touring Caravan Motorhome and Camping Club.
“We’ve lived through it all at our rallies … last Christmas we had to get evacuated because of the bushfire in South Australia, we’ve had floods before – the only thing we haven’t faced is a tsunami,” Ms Roberts told the newspaper. “Most of us are self-sufficient, we can survive without power – we’ve got solar and gas. We’ve just got to stay alert and wait and see.”
The rally is due to be held from October 4–14, with members of the club driving from as far away as Western Australia and Queensland to attend.
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