Riviera – forever resilient
Riviera has proved once again, the company's strong resilience and determination to succeed, not even torrential storms and flooding could dampen the spirits of Australia's largest luxury boat builder.
The storm wreaked havoc on the Gold Coast, south east Queensland, over the weekend, February 9 and 10, with more than 400mm of rainfall recorded in some areas in a 24-hour period, the worst storm in 25 years.
In a bid to keep the company's million dollar boats from being damaged, staff braved the treacherous conditions and pounding rain, trekking through knee deep water rapidly flowing at 10 knots on Sunday morning to secure several boats moored at the waterfront.
CEO John Anderson said it was a tremendous effort by staff who arrived on site at 5.30am on Sunday morning.
"The main goal was to rescue and check on all boats; a couple of boats broke loose so we had to secure those and make sure the other boats were secure, they shut the power off to all the buildings on the waterfront because of the water levels," Mr Anderson said.
"When we were walking along the sea wall here the water was above my knees.
"I have been around water for about 50 years and I have never seen the power of water like this - there were boats coming down the river, this river was probably flowing at about 10 knots.
"We watched a pontoon with three or four houseboats tied on it floating down the river so the pontoon must have broken away from the pilings and it hit a 70 or 80 foot boat."
In the aftermath of raging flood waters that tore a path of destruction along the Coomera River where the company's waterfront facility at Coomera is based, dedicated staff rose to the occasion as they trudged through the muddy mess to begin the clean up.
It took most of the day to get the factory back on-line quickly on Monday, but as the team banded together and with the help of the Riviera emergency response team, the car park was returned to its original state with all the excess water, mud and debris swiftly hosed away.
Mr Anderson said he didn't think the company would be able to operate on Monday but he was surprised with the efficiency of staff and how quickly they cleaned up the mess.
"I commend the staff who helped and this just shows that people are committed to the company and what needs to be done," he said.
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The water was gushing through Riviera's carpark
The walkway in front of the R Restaurant Bar was submerged
Riviera's flooded waterfront carpark
Rising water flooded Riviera's carpark
It was all hands on deck to clean up after the storm
Riviera staff clean up the mess in the aftermath of the torrential rain
Riviera's emergency response team restored the carpark to its original state