Tegan Devine cleans up at Devine Drama and Dance. Photo Allan Reinikka / The Morning Bulletin
Tegan Devine cleans up at Devine Drama and Dance. Photo Allan Reinikka / The Morning Bulletin Allan Reinikka

Dance teachers carries out students as waters rose at studio

A YEPPOON dance studio had a dramatic evacuation as floodwater rushed into the studio in the middle of a class.

Three students aged between seven and nine were in the Devine Drama and Dance when the water started rising.

Owner Tegan Devine was forced to carry one of the girls through hip-high floodwater that had risen outside while her assistance teacher grabbed the other two.

They carried the terrified girls to Tanby Rd to wait as her studio filled with water.

"The girls were all really scared, the rain on the roof was so loud.

"We thought we would be safe inside, but it came in shockingly fast.

"It happened so fast, I didn't know what to do.

"I never expected anything like that. The road started filling up."

The girls' parents could not drive their cars through the floodwaters, so Tegan bought them back to her house and gave them some dry clothes to wait until their parents could collect them.

"I'm still in a bit of shock," she said as she surveyed the damage around her.

Luckily most of her things were on racks out of the water's reach, but her furniture and linoleum floors will have to be replaced. The studio has been open for about a year.



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