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Flooding ousts van park residents

Tuesday July 23, 2013 - 11:38 EST

Campers have been evacuated from a Wangaratta caravan park which was flooded after heavy rain over the weekend.

The Painters Island Caravan Park, on the banks on the Ovens River, will remain closed until at least the beginning of next week when it is hoped the water will have subsided.

The park's manager, Shane Downie, says the flooding took some by surprise.

"The water came in and unfortunately there was about four people we had to rescue out of cabins that the water came in too quickly and too deep for them to get out," he said.

He says he is hoping for clear skies for the rest of the week.

"So long as we get no rain by the end of the week we would hope that within five days we'll be able to get in there and get the water out of the park," he said.


- ABC

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