Adventist Review Online | In Australia, Adventist Campground Faces Severe Flash Flooding

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Caretakers tackle laborious clean-up tasks after third flood in seven years.

With extreme weather conditions causing flash flooding across New South Wales, Australia,  Crosslands Youth and Convention Centre — located next to the Hawkesbury River in Sydney’s north — was submerged in 4 feet (1.2 meters) of water on Sunday, February 9, 2020.

Now caretakers Bruce and Maxine Hill face an overwhelming clean-up task.

“By Monday morning, the water was all gone again, but there are about 100 millimeters of mud right across the whole site and in the low-lying cabins. It’s just devastating,” Bruce Hill said.

  • View from the home of Adventist campground caretakers Bruce and Maxine Hill, overlooking the Hawkesbury River in New South Wales, Australia. [Credit: Crosslands Youth and Convention Centre Facebook account]
  • View from the eastern side of the Crosslands Youth and Convention Centre, the Seventh-day Adventist campground near Sydney, Australia, which suffered flooding on February 9, 2020. [Photo: Crosslands Youth and Convention Centre Facebook account]
  • View inside a flooded hut near the canoe shed at Crosslands Youth and Convention Centre, an Adventist church campground near Sydney, Australia. [Photo: Crosslands Youth and Convention Centre Facebook account]

The entire campground was submerged. It is the third and worst flood to affect the site in the past seven years.

“I went for a walk around the grounds to see the mess and just about cried,” Bruce said. “The hardest part is actually the swimming pool; there’s fish in there. It looks like thick, brown sewerage.”

As well as mud, the deluge left a knee-deep layer of leaf litter across the site, and a large tree fell down, destroying some of the tennis court fencing and power lines.

“We’ve got no power, and we’ve also got no water,” Bruce said. “The problem is, we can’t clean anything without clean water.

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