Glen, Ivan and Emily Moller prepare the dinghy on Cedars Road to ferry bride and groom from South Bingera to dry land.
Glen, Ivan and Emily Moller prepare the dinghy on Cedars Road to ferry bride and groom from South Bingera to dry land. Max Fleet

Torrent no match for wedding vows

CARL Moller and Allison Coe vowed they would get married tomorrow, come hell or high water.

But their plans were thrown into turmoil when both bride and groom became trapped at their home at The Cedars, on the wrong side of the raging Burnett River, yesterday.

Every route to Bundaberg — and the rest of their wedding party — was cut, and they had no hope of the floods abating in time to get them to the service on time.

“The waters came up suddenly on Tuesday and we thought we’d leave it overnight and see if it went down — but the next day it was three metres deep,” Ms Coe said.

“We went out to Cedars Road and it was over, so then we went the other way and it was over too, so there was no way out.”

But the soon-to-be-wed couple and their families weren’t going to be beaten by a simple flood.

Determined to see the big day go ahead on schedule, Carl’s dad Ivan Moller spent yesterday morning co-ordinating a rescue effort.

Brother and sister Glen and Emily Moller helped their dad launch a tinny into the river near the under-water Cedars Bridge, to bring back food, equipment and the happy couple.

“Mum was at home quietly panicking, but it will be okay,” Emily said.

She said the Cedars Bridge had gone under three times this year, but she’d never seen it so far under water.

“I can’t get over how much water there is,” she said.

After several trips, Ms Coe said they had managed to bring all the vitals across.

“We managed to get all the wedding food, our clothes and a big barbecue,” Ms Coe said.

“Luckily it’s a pretty low-key wedding.”

“Nothing would stop us getting married.”

The wedding is scheduled to take place under a mango tree at Buxton tomorrow.



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