UPDATE: Torquay Hotel won't open again until Easter

Damaged caused by Friday night's rainfall - The Torquay Hotel is closed until repairs are completed.
Damaged caused by Friday night's rainfall - The Torquay Hotel is closed until repairs are completed. Valerie Horton

UPDATE: A Hervey Bay businessman has been severely hit by bad weather twice in the past month.

Torquay Hotel general manager Darren Carter also owns a hotel in Proserpine - one of the main regions effected by Cyclone Debbie.

The Torquay Hotel was damaged by heavy rainfall that hit the Fraser Coast just over a week ago damaging its switchboard.

Mr Carter initially predicted the hotel would be closed for a few days but then that was extended by two weeks and now, for a month.

"We're trying to get it open for Easter," he said.

The delay in opening means some staff would be out of work for a month.

"It's having a huge financial impact as we employ 53 people at the venue," Mr Carter said.

"And the Proserpine hotel is also temporarily closed meaning people there are out of work too."

With a heavy downpour predicted for the Fraser Coast Thursday and Friday, Mr Carter is not worried about the potential damage it could cause.

"If anything happens now, it'll be just some water into the hotel," he said.

"We are getting a new switchboard and replacing our carpets."

The Torquay's Hotel two bottleshops however are still open.

The Cellarbrations Superstore is located at the back of Torquay Hotel, and the Urangan Cellarbrations is open at Urangan Shopping Centre.


UPDATE: It could be two weeks before Torquay Hotel reopens due to storm damage.

Initially, Torquay Hotel general manager said the venue could be reopened today (March 22).

But it turned out the recent storm caused more harm than initially thought.

"The damage to the building is quite extensive and will take some time to be finished," a post on the Torquay Hotel Hervey Bay Facebook page said.

"We just wanted to say a big thank you to our customers for their patience during this tough time.

"To our staff, your patience is also appreciated and we are terribly sorry that this has happened and hope that you will bear with us at this time."

Adjoining the pub is their bottleshop Cellarbrations Superstore.

That will reopen Thursday (March 23).

LEFT IN THE DARK: Torquay Hotel general manager Darren Carter said the venue will most likely require a new switchboard after the weekend's storm.
LEFT IN THE DARK: Torquay Hotel general manager Darren Carter said the venue will most likely require a new switchboard after the weekend's storm. Annie Perets

EARLIER: A POPULAR Hervey Bay venue has been forced to close its doors due to damage caused by weekend's storms.

Torquay Hotel is looking at having to replace their entire switchboard.

That's an expense of thousands of dollars, according to Mr Carter.

General manager Darren Carter said a World's Greatest Shave was planned on Saturday, but had to be cancelled and moved to a different location.

"I have had staff ringing up me crying because they were dependent on the wage to pay their rent," he said.

"We have 53 employees and the worst part is that it's affecting them."

The hotel will also require new carpet due to the drenching.

"The whole bar was flooded," Mr Carter said.

"There was about 2cm of water all over the ground.

"The gutters just couldn't handle that heavy rain."

Mr Carter said the hotel will be closed at least until Wednesday.

"We're okay with with it being shut down because it's dangerous until we fix the power board," he said.

"We will reopen when it becomes safe to do so."

Torquay Hotel will keep the public informed of when it will reopen on their Facebook page.

"It's gut-wrenching but these things happen and we'll get through it, " Mr Carter said.

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