BARN YARD VET'S mascot Bob is a miracle survivor of the flood that put the surgery three quarters underwater.
BARN YARD VET'S mascot Bob is a miracle survivor of the flood that put the surgery three quarters underwater.

Vet closes, not before rescue

FLOODS across the Lockyer and Brisbane valleys have had an impact on businesses and homes alike, with a Minden vet closing its doors for the final time last week.

Minden's Barn Yard Vet was gutted during the floods in January, but part owner and veterinary nurse, Roz Flanagan said this wasn't the first time.

“We lost the surgery the first time to floods in November 2008, but then it was only thigh high. This time it was three quarters up the walls,” she said.

“We know we have clients that are very sad to see us go and we even had clients wanting to fund-raise for us to stay, but two floods is too much for us to recover from.

“When we went down to the surgery to start the clean up on the Wednesday at 7.30am there were clients and family who were there already to help us clean up.”

Through the devastating job of sorting through what was left of their equipment and business there was a happy moment.

“We had an Oscar fish in the surgery, called Bob and he was a bit of a mascot for the Barn Yard Vet and we were a bit sad thinking he must have died in the flood,” she said.

“We were rummaging around in all the mess on floor and suddenly we found him in about two inches of water and he was alive.

“He is happy and healthy now with a foster family, but we can't believe he survived in what was a black swirling mush.

“It was a great moment, with everyone smiling and laughing. A great moment in all the sadness.”


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