Business fights back as city dries
WHILE the floods were a devastating blow to many Bundaberg businesses, they have lost no time in fighting back and getting on the move again.
Bundaberg Chainsaws and Lawnmowers, which occupied a building at the lowest point in Targo Street right next to a stormwater drain, was particularly badly hit.
Crucially, they were insured, but it is taking time to get things sorted out.
The business has relocated to a site in Commercial Street for the next few months.
Owner Keith Iseppi said the business would stay there until the end of March.
“We’re waiting for repairs to the shop to be done and for the dry season to come around,” he said.
“They’re talking about more rain for us.”
Mr Iseppi said the floods caused $150,000 to $170,000 damage, not including the loss of trade.
Home Hardware owner Steve Cooper said his business was still about two weeks away from reopening as they worked to put stock back on the shelves.
“It’s a big job – we’ve got 18,000 product lines,” he said.
But even as he and his staff stock the shelves, Mr Cooper said it would all have to come back down in March.
The shop’s fixtures were so badly affected by the floodwaters they will all have to be replaced.
“They’ve started rusting already,” Mr Cooper said.
“But the store’s looking great.”
Nowa Power Products, in east Bundaberg, was also severely affected, with the water filling the building up to the ceiling.
But while staff are still cleaning up, owner Sue Draganoff said they were open for business.
“We’re still running on temporary power and we have new computers set up on tables,” she said.
“The workshop is up and running and we’re still in the process of replacing our spare parts.”
No work has yet been done on the damage to the building.
At Bundaberg Slipways, which flooded several times, co-owner Lorraine Price said it could be another week before they could start to put boats back in the water.
“We’ve even been able to find some bits and pieces of our equipment,” she said.