Riverglade caravan park evacuated


Members of a national caravan rally to be held in Tumut this weekend have been evacuated from Riverglade Caravan Park.

They were responding to a flood warning issued by the SES.

Rapidly rising waters from Tumut river caused some vans to be bogged and required towing from the park staff.

However, organiser of the Australian Touring Caravan Motorhome and Camping Club (ATCMCC) rally Anita Roberts said it’s unlikely the event will be cancelled.

“We don’t want to cancel the rally – we’ve got sixty vans coming down, we’ve arranged so much,” she said.

“It’s so beautiful here, we’d be heartbroken if we couldn’t go ahead.”

Rally members have been informed accommodation in Tumut is fully booked out starting from next week, due partly to a VISY shutdown.

However, a simple little flood is no deterrent for the seasoned travellers of the ATCMCC.

“We’ve lived through it all, 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,” she said.

“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.”

Some caravans staying in the park were evacuated to the Railway Precinct, while others chose to wait the wet weekend out from the comfort of their own homes.

“We were planning to stay until Tuesday, but now we’ll have to turn around and go home,” said one pair of holidayers from Yass. “But that’s caravanning!”

The rally will be held from October 4 – 14, with members of the club driving from as far away as Western Australia and Queensland to experience what our region has to offer.

Mrs Roberts said so far she had been overwhelmed by the town’s hospitality.

“We do a fundraiser every year, for the Royal Flying Doctors,” she said. “So far we’ve talked to five businesses, and every one of them offered us something for the raffle. It’s just amazing.”