Call for buyers to support Mogo as community comes together to clean up after flooding

Simon Tadd, owner of Gypsy’s store in Mogo, with Max the dog, still smiling despite a recent flood ruining his store’s stock. Photo: Tom McGann.

Volunteers have stepped up to help Mogo’s businesses clean up after the devastating floods last week, but the village will need financial support from locals and tourists to get back on its feet.

Devastated by the Black Summer bushfires and then flooding two years ago, the small community on the south coast of New South Wales suffered another bodily blow on Friday, December 10, when a deluge of rain saw Cabbage Tree Creek rise and flood all but four of the shops in the village.

The water has been described as deep by some store owners, with several businesses losing thousands of dollars in Christmas inventory.

The flooding has been devastating for businesses still recovering from the black summer and the effects of COVID-19.

Flood damage at Gypsy's of Mogo

Flood damage at Gypsy’s of Mogo. Photo: Tom McGann.

Simon Tadd, owner of Gypsy’s store in Mogo, was just one person who saw his store devastated by flood waters.

“It was hard enough to stock up for Christmas due to COVID-19,” he said. “Now we have to throw out most of it. “

Despite the gravity of the circumstances, Mr. Tadd and other business owners were encouraged by the volunteers who came over the past weekend to help clean up the mess.

“It’s very nice to see,” Tadd said.

“We have to remove all the mud and throw out the stocks, but having these people here to help makes it a lot easier. “

It was the same story at Mogo Wildlife Park, where the tents at the campsite were flooded.

The animal park works in conjunction with Great Camping Adventures, offering guests the option of camping at the zoo.

Great Camping Adventures tents flooded at Mogo Wildlife Park

Great Camping Adventures tents were flooded at Mogo Wildlife Park. Photo: Supplied.

Unfortunately, the flooding completely engulfed the campsite, with nothing but the tops of the tents sticking out of the water.

The company lost all of its stretchers, refrigerators, two marquees and linen. All tents will also need to be replaced.

“We hope to be back by December 27,” said a spokesperson for Great Camping Adventures.

“We lost a lot, but we had 72 busy hours to save what we can. “

A cry for help on Facebook quickly brought in volunteers to help with the cleanup.

The SES was also active in the village. Caroline Booth, a member of SES, explained that before stores could begin major cleanings, they had to perform a “rapid damage assessment”, which would determine the depth of the water in the stores and whether it had affected them. foundations of building structures. .

SES workers with owner of Mogo company

SES is working with business owners in Mogo after recent flooding. Photo: Tom McGann.

“We were here… when the flood hit and we had never seen it this high in Mogo before,” she said.

“It’s important that we check the extent of the damage so people can start cleaning their stores. “

In an attempt to help businesses get back on their feet, an online campaign has been relaunched to encourage people to shop at Mogo.

The campaign was created in the wake of the Black Summer bushfires and the COVID-19 pandemic, but the flooding now means Mogo’s business owners need the support of locals and tourists more than ever.

The organizers of Empty Esky have called on their subscribers to consider purchasing gift certificates online from small businesses in Mogo as they face a bleak Christmas.

Outgoing Bega MP Andrew Constance lent his weight to the campaign.

“Fires, pandemic, floods – it’s unimaginable,” he said. “Please go shopping at Mogo this Christmas.”

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