Family left on island home

December 04, 2017

Euroa’s Buerckner family knew what they had to do when they heard about the storm headed for the town. The family was prepared with sandbags and plenty of support from friends, keen to pitch in and help them protect their home of almost 20 years.

Jenny Buerckner said on Friday at 11 pm she woke her husband John and they started preparing their house for the rising flood water from Castle Creek. They called friends to help them sandbag the area and their eldest daughter Kelsey, 15, was happy to pitch in and assist in saving the house.

In total, the group used 300 sandbags to protect the Buerckner family home and the house behind theirs. This is the fourth time the Buerckner home has been at risk of flooding, with it been under threat twice in 2010 and once in December last year.

Mrs Buerckner said the situation was not scary and they were thankful to everyone who came out and helped them.

“Your adrenalin pumps in and you know you’ve got to keep going,” she said.

“We’re very experienced because we get cut off.”

By Saturday morning the family, along with their dog Scoobie, was cut off and they could be spotted standing in their front yard watching the floodwater that had encircled their property. Mrs Buerckner said the water peaked by 5 am Saturday and then stared to recede.

By yesterday afternoon, the family could leave their property. Mrs Buerckner said she was thankful to her daughters Kelsey and Rachael, 11, for helping out during the incident and was also grateful to State Emergency Service members who checked on them and friends who helped sandbag the property.

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