Aussie Battler Black Saturday bushfire survivor Glen Cromie Caravan Park comes through again as it cops a flood

October 05, 2009
Aussie Battler Black Saturday bushfire survivor Glen Cromie Caravan Park comes through again as it cops a flood

By Karen and Charlie Azzopardi

Yes we have copped it again!!!!

Our usual water level of the Tarago River is 400mm on the marker, but early yesterday afternoon (Sunday, September 27), the annuals area of the caravan park started to flood. We set up pumps, to direct the water from the lower area of the caravan park.

By late afternoon Charlie had gone to the station (he is a CFA vollie) and got a larger pump to support our own pump as we were losing the battle and the river had risen to a whopping 1.8mts.

By 1am this morning (Monday, September 28) he went back to the station and got the fire truck, and pumped water to its capacity. He was still loosing the battle at 2.30am and was about to give in and just let the annual caravans flood.

By this time two were already in the water. Finally at 3am he managed to turn the corner and stopped it from rising and by 5.30am he felt confident enough to take the fire truck back to the station and just use the two large portable pumps.

It is now 5.10pm (September 28) and we are still pumping continuously with the two portable pumps, but we are winning.

Thankfully, only two caravans were affected inside and a few more suffered water damage outside. The river has now leveled at 1.4mtrs at 3pm and has held there.so we will need to continue pumping until it drops to under 1 mtr.

Yep life is certainly interesting when you own a caravan park.

We have finally had a sleep and things are going well now.

Once it started to get REALLY bad we did not have the time to take photos, so we don't have any of the fire tanker coming in in the middle of the night to help pump water away from the annual caravans.

The Tarago River end up peaking well over the 1.8mtr marker, closer to the 2m point, and that is the shallowest part of the river!

But the kids on the caravan park had some fun. They used a quad bike to tow a kneeboard, the kids had a ball which was great to see!

Tarago River heads for 2m at Glen Cromie Caravan Park
Tarago River heads for 2m at Glen Cromie Caravan Park

In February Karen told GoSee about how she and her husband Charlie Azzopardi fought Victoria's Saturday, Feb 7 fire storm to save their pretty Glen Cromie Caravan Park, near Drouin in Gippsland Victoria against impossible odds.

We had half an hour and then suddenly we only had seven minutes.

We had our caravan hooked up but it was just too late to leave. We would never have got out, Karen said.

So we had to fight it and in doing that we saved our caravan park, she said.

Editors Note: Fire and flood, all within in nine months. As Karen says life is interesting when you own a caravan park.

Glen Cromie Caravan Park is ideally located less than 100 kms from Melbourne, close to the towns of Drouin and Warragul, and easily accessed from the Monash Freeway. It is the perfect place to relax and unwind.

Glen Cromie Park is also well known as a Day Park due to its peaceful location on 35 acres in a secluded valley.

A day visit fee is applicable to all visitors. There are five large shelters available for hire, perfect for family picnic, school, work or social group gathering. There are a number of electric barbecues placed around the caravan park. There is also a large gas barbecue available for hire if needed.

The address is850 Main Neerim Road, Drouin, Victoria. GPS South 38deg.4.29 East 145deg.53.33. Phone 03 5626 8212

Too late to leave  The Azzopardi caravan has nowhere to go
Too late to leave The Azzopardi caravan has nowhere to go
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