& # 39; It's a bit annoying & # 39 ;: Publican had to travel 200 miles for toilet roll after flooding cut him off from local amenities
- Phil Gregurke has lost thousands of customers from this year's floods in Lake Eyre
- He is forced to travel 200 km to Marree every three weeks for basic necessities
- He lives alone and can go on for days without seeing another person
- He has lost thousands of customers in four months since the floods started
The owner of a pub in a remote Australian city has been forced to travel 200 kilometers for toilet paper after flooding cut him off from his local amenities.
Phil Gregurke lives in the small town of Mungerannie in South Australia – the only place to stop along the Birdsville trail between Maree and the Queensland border.
But over the past four months, Gregurke has been severely hit by road closures along the unpaved stretch of road due to the flooding of Lake Eyre.
Phil Gregurke lives in the small town of Mungerannie in South Australia – the only place to stop along the Birdsville trail between Maree and the Queensland border
Phil Gregurke (left) owns the Mungerannie Pub and can sometimes go days and even weeks without seeing people since the floods started
He told Daily Mail Australia that for four months he had the & # 39; nasty & # 39; two and a half hour trip to the south every three weeks to make Maree to buy basic necessities.
& # 39; It's a whole day trip, it's two and a half hours down, two hours to load and two (hours) to come back, it takes the whole day, & # 39; he said.
& # 39; It's a bit annoying. & # 39;
Lake Eyre was hit in March by flooding from torrential rains in northern Queensland in January.
Since then, Mr. Gregurke can often go on for days at a time without seeing anyone else, since he lives alone in the remote town with a population of four people.
Gregurke says he has lost a few thousand customers who would normally stop at his roadside restaurant, as well as several tour groups who are forced to cancel.
Phil Gregurke owns the Mungerannie Pub in remote South Australia and is forced to travel more than 200 kilometers to the city of Marree to buy basic supplies after a flood of four months ago
& # 39; I don't mind the seclusion, in the busy season I keep seeing people and how busy it can be & he said.
The publican is preparing for things to be picked up after the road was reopened on Wednesday.
Normally a stock truck would stop to bring the necessary things, but since the road is closed, the truck has not visited within four months.
Lake Eyre was hit in March by flooding from torrential rains in northern Queensland in January, affecting many remote cities in South Australia
& # 39; It's just not worth where he would normally go straight to Birdsville. & # 39;
Summer is high season for Mr Gregurke, but he has had to temporarily eliminate his four employees, while the floods affect business.
Gregurke said that although he was relieved to see the road open again, he had hoped that more could be done about the store.
Gregurke said he subsidized the supply trucks, so it is worthwhile to visit Mungerannie, making life easier for him and other remote cities such as Clifton Hills – five hours to the north.
& # 39; It's one of those events that nobody can do anything about. It would have been nice if we had a little help with the food supply, & he said.
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