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Hotelier loses house in Adelaide Hills bushfire, and gets stuck in outback floods

Caroline Winter, Wednesday January 14, 2015 - 09:23 EDT
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Phil Gregurke lost his house in the Sampson Flat bushfire. - ABC

It's been a shocking week of contrasts for one unfortunate South Australian resident.

Following a horrid week of bushfires, the state was awash with flooding rain.

The owner of the Mungarannie Hotel, on the Birdsville Track, found himself caught up in both.

Phil Gregurke and his partner Pam lost their house at Humbug Scrub in the Adelaide Hills during

Although Ms Gregurke was able to quickly return to Adelaide, Mr Gregurke is now stuck in the outback, unable to get home due to flood waters.

Over the last eight days, Mungarannie received over 200 millimetres of rain, leaving many roads washed out and closed.

Mr Gregurke said the loss of his house came as a complete shock.

"I've only seen pictures of what's left of my place.

"I can't do anything about it. I can't even drive half a kilometre at the moment because we're flooded in," he said.

"It did get quite depressing there for a while, especially with the amount of phone calls I was getting."

Mr Gregurke said he had the loss of his home confirmed to him by friends.

He said only the structural shell remained of his double-brick home at Humbug Scrub.

"I can see all three walls standing, but the roof has collapsed.

"I had a huge verandah out the front which was all decked and that's all completely gone.

"There's just nothing left," he said.


© ABC 2015

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