Riverdale Caravan Park resident Clayton Morris was surprised to find an urn floating in the floodwater.
Riverdale Caravan Park resident Clayton Morris was surprised to find an urn floating in the floodwater. Max Fleet

Woman's ashes rescued from flood

AS the Riverdale Caravan Park braced itself for a second water rise, desperate attempts were made to salvage what little remained in the shallows.

When Clayton Morris was sifting through the remains of the park, the last thing he expected to find was human remains.

“I was trying to see what I could save before the water came up again this morning,” he said.

“I kicked something very hard and as I went to pick it up, I saw that it was an urn of someone’s ashes.”

Mr Morris rescued the ashes of Pam Collier and intended to put an ad in the NewsMail.

“I thought they’d be pretty important to someone,” he said.

It is believed the ashes belonged to a male resident of the park, and Mr Morris said he hoped to find the owner.

“It’ll mean the world to him – that was his wife.

“Someone you wouldn’t want to forget.”

He had been trying to rescue as much as he could for himself and for others before the water ravaged through the site for the second time.

Mr Morris said that although he didn’t lose his caravan, it has still been a financial struggle for his family.

“I had to sell a $3000 car for $300 because we had no money to buy anything .”



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