Nelson Leader : August 8th 2013
5 THE NELSON LEADER, AUGUST 8, 2013 NEWS 5522323AA a Wednesday, 21 August Trafalgar Park Pavilion Wednesday 21 August DOORS OPEN FROM 7:00PM COME BID FOR YOUR FAVOURITE MAKO PLAYERS AT AUCTION! Business promotion Kids coaching Modelling Business promo IDEAL FOR: Cooking Yard work or just about anything... Tickets available from Nelson Mail, (Nelson and Richmond). Limited tickets so be quick, tickets on sale until Fri 16 Aug for more info contact: email@example.com or 03 548 7030 TICKETS $20 INCLUDES GOODIE BAG,NIBBLES & ENTERTAINMENT CASH BAR OPEN THEY'RE A MASTER OF RUGBY AND A JACK OF ALL TRADES 5483402AE NELSON RESIDENTS ASSOCIATION INCORPORATED See & hear them BEFORE YOU VOTE Local Body Elections 2013 Quiz the Candidates What matters most? Commerce or Coffee Shops? 7 & 17 September Brad's out of the flood Smashing: Brad Kelling of Brad's Smash Repairs in Wakatu Estate is back on track with a new office and workshop following the April floods. Photo: SALLY KIDSON By TARANNUM SHAIKH SPECIAL REPORT Walking into Brad s Smash Repairs you can still smell the aroma of fresh paint lingering on the walls. Three months after the April floods hit the Wakatu Industrial Estate, the business is back on track. Owner Brad Kelling said from the outset he picked up what remained of his workshop and was just getting on . At the moment I m working seven days a week. I rarely get away by 7pm. Everybody had the same problem. We just took it upon our- selves to manage the whole thing. We just got on and got it done. They had the support of their customers. We ve got a lot of clients that are sparkies and plumbers through our business. So we just rang people like that and they just jumped on it. I think there s a certain amount of compassion in the community. Brad said publicity following the flood meant he had received business from people who wanted to help. It s the busiest it has ever been. He said the businesses in Wakatu Estate were a small community and relied on each other, so when most were flood- hit it had been hard. The company had an esti- mated $200,000 to $300,000 damage in the flood, which included a near total loss of machinery, customers cars, machinery, plant computers ruined by the water and silt that rushed into the workshop. They still have a small back- log of work, but were about a week away from getting rid of that. The new office is just a reminder to Brad of the immense strain he had in the past three months. If anyone had said to me the Friday before it happened Are you prepared for the flood? that would ve been the last thing I would ve imagined. Deluge ordeal By TARANNUM SHAIKH Cleaned up: Siblings Nathan and Hayley Jeffries in the re-built showroom at Ezy Kitchens and Appliances in Wakatu Estate. Photo: SALLY KIDSON For building owners Alan and June Jeffries, April s flood cau- sed three times the trouble because they own three build- ings in the Wakatu Estate. The couple who own the block including IndeServe, Jellicoe and Ezy Kitchens, copped $250,000 worth of damage for Ezy Kitchens alone. Half a metre of water flooded through the workshop while 25 centimetres washed through the kitchen showroom. All our appliances that were on the ground got hammered and quite a bit of kitchens did [too], though they have been replaced, says their son Nathan, who also works in the family business. So you imagine everything knee high going through. It hit all the machinery. We had to replace them all. The shop had become a build- ing site, where they had to work in gumboots for four weeks. I think it was quite major for us too because we own the whole building. So we ve got Jellicoe and IndeServe to fix up [as well], says daughter Hayley. The store s production has been pushed back eight weeks but is slowly recovering and the firm s insurance claim is progressing. We ve definitely seen the light at the end of the tunnel but wouldn t want to go through it again. No way. Nathan says.
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