Monday, June 18, 2007

Flooded Aussie town rescued with beer

The town of Hinton, Australia is under water after recent heavy rains, but they received a shipment of their most-urgently needed supplies this week.

The murky brown water, the authorities said, contained sewage and other pollutants, but its 400 inhabitants were more worried about a lack of beer.

A plentiful supply was required to celebrate a much-anticipated rugby league match between New South Wales and Queensland yesterday.

For days State Emergency Service volunteers had been ferrying staples such as bread and milk to the stranded town in flat-bottomed boats.

Yesterday, they added 12 kegs and 36 cartons of beer to their cargo.

"They'll be able to watch the game and have a cold one tonight," said Philip Campbell, a SES spokesman.

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