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Flood spoils annual Christmas gathering

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December 05, 2017

Union Rd, Kialla, property owner Shane Young inspects the damage to his fence from floodwaters.

Instead of gathering for their annual Christmas get-together, Union Rd, Kialla, residents were trapped indoors from Sunday night after floodwaters inundated their properties.

Union Rd property owner Shane Young said the dinner was cancelled after the Sevens Creek rose as a result of heavy rainfall during Friday.

‘‘It’s lucky it stopped raining on Saturday morning,’’ Mr Young said.

Instead, he and some friends shared a barbecue at his shed, located about 500m from the road, which had water lapping at its edges when the creek was at its highest.

‘‘Our neighbours and us had dinner at the shed,’’ he said.

‘‘The boys were catching yabbies.’’

Water levels had receded to the point where Mr Young could check his fence line of his 20ha property, which was battered from the heavy water flow.

Mr Young believed the water peaked at about 2am on Sunday when he was unable to drive along Union Rd at all.

Having owned the block of land for the past 17 years, Mr Young has seen it all before.

‘‘Back in 2010 it would have got higher,’’ he said.

‘‘We’ve got marks on the shed where it’s come up to and it was about four inches (10cm) lower than 2010.’’

Mr Young said his house, located further along the Goulburn Valley Hwy, was safe from the encroaching floodwaters.

Union Rd remained closed to traffic yesterday.

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