The Payze family moved into the inn 10 days ago. These mattresses and furniture (below) were destroyed by floodwater.
The Payze family moved into the inn 10 days ago. These mattresses and furniture (below) were destroyed by floodwater.

Motor inn flooded

MORE than a dozen sodden mattresses lay discarded out the front of flood-soaked rooms at the Centre Point Mid-City Motor Inn.

Motel owner Julie Payze and her husband moved in 10 days ago before the flood swept through the first floor of their two-storey Albion Street inn on Monday afternoon.

“We have nine rooms on the bottom so that's at least nine sets of everything (that is damaged),” Mrs Payze said.

“We got power back on about 1.30pm yesterday and we've been on the go for about 36 hours.

“It came up so quickly but the sense of the community here is unbelievable.”

The new Warwick resident said when guests realised their lower balcony counterparts were about to be flooded, many invited other guests up to higher ground while larger families moved to emergency accommodation in town.

“I've never had so many hugs, everyone worked together,” Mrs Payze said.

“It was like the tide coming in, it came up so quickly.”

With insurance assessors set to visit the inn today, the Payze family are crossing their fingers.

“My family and all the guests are safe, that's that main thing,” Mrs Payze said.

“What happened was bad but it could have always been worse.”


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