Goulburn Valley. (1916, September 28). The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848-1954), p. 6. Retrieved January 29, 2011, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article1625263
MOOROOPNA EVACUATED. FLOOD WATERS IN HOSPITAL
PEOPLE REFUGE IN TREE-TOPS
(By OUR SPECIAL REPORTER).
TATURA, Wednesday.- At 9 o'clock this morning the water level at the Goulburn weir was 13ft. 8in., or a fall of 1ft 8in. since yesterday morning, but on the lower river the water is still rising. The water has reached Undera, four miles back from the river, on the Echuca road, and when the operator rang up at 9 o'clock the water was almost up to the telephone.
The position at Mooroopna remains about the same. Boats were engaged in bringing provisions this morning. Urgent inquiries were made whether the patients had better be removed from the hospital where the nurses' quarters are flooded and the water is up to the floors of the wards. It has been decided to hang on now that the water is falling at the weir. The president of the hospital committee (Mr. Johnson) has sent over from Tatura 100 loaves of bread, 100 lb. of meat, and other provisions.
Hospital Nurses Work in Water Knee-deep.
There are 90 patients in the Mooroopna Hospital, including three cases of meningitis, and other serious cases. Fortunately, the water at highest never seriously invaded the wards, though the rest of the hospital was under water, and the nurses have to go about in water up to their knees. Their cheerfulness and devotion to duty under these conditions are beyond all praise. When the flood came there were several maternity cases in the Elms private hospital. These were removed to the flour mill, where one child has been born.
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