Billy Mitchell gets some supplies over to the Mary St watering hole.
Billy Mitchell gets some supplies over to the Mary St watering hole. Craig Warhurst

Bill’s flood of ideas

BILL Mitchell and Gus Nevin were making themselves comfortable and at home on Monday as floodwater surrounded them.

With close to two metres of water underneath them and no power at their disposal the pair set up camp on the second storey veranda of Billy's Hotel in Mary St.

Food and beverages were a good 100m swim away, so with the help of some ingenious friends on dry land they rigged up a pulley system to connect them to James Nash arcade.

Billy's Hotel owner Lesley Mitchell said KFC, ice, cigarettes and "all the necessities" went across on the pulley to her son Billy.

"They say necessity is the mother of invention."

Lesley said she was surprised at how quickly the floodwater rose and was relieved they started clearing out the hotel and pulling carpets up on Sunday morning.

"What do you do? At least it's not a life."

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