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Her mother Doreen Spavin was one of the 90 residents evacuated from Radius Fulton when wastewater flooded the South Dunedin care home in Hillside Rd.
Yesterday, residents and their families along with staff gathered to celebrate the facility’s refurbishment following the flood and thank all those involved with the evacuation and the aftermath a year later.
Some residents were sent to facilities as far away as Invercargill and Christchurch, while others were taken in by their families.
There were tears from both staff and residents when they were allowed to return more than a month later.
"It’s such a relief to be able to sit here now with the work going on outside and what’s already been done and be confident the building can cope with those downpours we get now," Ms Waugh said.
Site manager Jarrod Graham said the project had been designed so the site could withstand significant flooding and was expected to be completed in May.
Care home manager Robin Bowie said it felt like a new beginning for both the staff and residents and once the flood protection work had finished, the outside of the facility would be repainted.
"When it rains now there’s not that anxiety that was there before, which is just fantastic."
The flood protection was a significant investment by the building’s owner, which showed their devotion to South Dunedin and the residents, Mrs Bowie said.