OPEN AGAIN: Taroom service station owner Ashley Adcock with wife Wendy and daughter Brianna at the cleaned up shop.
OPEN AGAIN: Taroom service station owner Ashley Adcock with wife Wendy and daughter Brianna at the cleaned up shop.

Taroom spirit shines in flood

ASHLEY Adcock is grateful he lives in Taroom after a host of people helped him clean up his service station, cabins and house that were inundated by floodwaters.

The Dawson peaked at 10.5 metres in Taroom, engulfing fuel bowsers at Mr Adcock's service station, tearing apart his cabins and flowing underneath his high house.

“The water broke the windows (in the servo) and stuff went downstream,” Mr Adcock said.

Inside, the servo was a mess with fridges tipped over.

Mr Adcock had managed to move most of his stock up high, but the water went above head height.

“It's just unbelievable how high the water went,” he said.

“I have been here all my life and never seen it like that.”

Mr Adcock said when he started to clean up a day before New Year's Eve, but they were still paddling in water.

He said about 30 volunteers helped him clean the service station, the cabins and his home.

“I had an army of helpers. You can't beat the community spirit of Taroom.” he said.

Mr Adcock said the cabins would need new floor coverings, but they got out the furniture such as beds and TVs.

Most of the furniture was up high and only a few fridges were lost.

Mr Adcock said the fuel tanks remained sealed and were not contaminated by floodwaters.

He lost a few items under his home.

Mr Adcock plans to hold a thank you party at the Leichhardt Hotel on Saturday for all those who helped him.


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