Looters hit Royal Hotel twice
DAMAGE at the Royal Hotel in Mary St was caused by more than flood waters when looting was discovered on Monday.
With damaged carpets, bubbled floor, water-filled walls and a caved-in ceiling in the lower bar, thanks to human interference, missing bar taps were added to the list.
Hotel manager Stacey Lowe said during the peak of the flood, the hotel's chef found two men in one of the rooms upstairs.
Ms Lowe said when the intruders were confronted; they told the chef they had been given permission to enter the building.
The looters were then seen returning to the flooded building later that day.
While Ms Lowe was upset by the incident, she was impressed with the competence of her staff during the flood and optimistic about the clean-up.
"It will be quicker to get back and trade because we got everything out in an orderly fashion," she said.
Ms Lowe said high value items such as computers; poker machines and the ice machine were stored in a truck at the top of Mary St.
She also said it was a priority in their evacuation plan to remove oil bins and clean away bins from the premises to make the clean-up more as environmentally friendly as possible.