Lack of communication options added to emotional stress
NOT all country folk live off generators. Just ask Baffle Creek resident Cheryl Barnett.
Having lived in her Barnett Rd property with husband Doug for the past 43 years, the long-term resident admits the Australia Day floods were not only bad for the community, but for communication as well.
But when she claims she heard over the radio that residents living in rural or remote areas would get by living off generators, Cheryl was outraged.
"There's enough emotional stress with having to look after your property, then they expect us to worry about how to communicate," she said.
"There's no excuse. We should have been able to make calls."
Cheryl, along with a plethora of Baffle Creek and Boyne Valley residents, were without a landline or mobile phone connection during recent flooding.
The couple only had their power restored on Thursday after 12 days without any landline connection.
"We did have a wireless phone, which I charged using a friend's generator," Cheryl said.
"We'd probably have gone through 100 litres of fuel in those days too."