The easiest way to contact Luke Ursino is via Instagram – or perhaps the SES boat.
- The Ursino family was flooded by Wheeny Creek for over a week
- Luke Ursino says his young children are “recovering”
- This is the third flood in three years for the family
He, his wife and their three young children are stuck in their Upper Colo home, cut off by floodwaters.
The youngest is their three-week-old baby.
A third of his life has passed in this small pocket, cut off from the rest of the world.
“Fortunately, he’s a good baby,” Mr. Ursino said.
The older children, a two-and-a-half-year-old and a four-year-old, are “recovering”.
Their cell phone reception is spotty and the internet only works when the generator is on to keep the freezers cold.
“We’re running out of friends and family and we’re going a little crazy,” Mr Ursino said.
Water in Wheeny Creek, a tributary of the Hawkesbury River system, rose for the first time on Tuesday last week.
The remote location has now been cut off from the rest of the world for over a week.
At worst, the flooding occurred within 10 meters of their home.
He also nearly knocked on the door of the small house on their property, which is also a short-term vacation accommodation business.
Mr Ursino said it was “stressful” for him and his young family to see the water coming so close.
It is not yet clear how severe the damage to their property is.
They already know their driveway and a retaining wall has been washed away.
The family’s donkeys and sheep were housed in their garage.
“We love it, it’s nice and quiet,” he said.
“But this is our third flood in three years.
“It’s getting a little too much.”
With the water still expected to drop several meters before normal access is restored, the isolation is expected to continue for a few more days.
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