2nd WET DAY

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EGRET AT THE BOTTOM OF THE FRONT PADDOCK.  
   

The rains are still with us, as predicted by the unpredictable Bureau of Meteorology.

Its bringing the water birds out and has a shiver to it. It doesn’t look like a flood to me as yet but the BOM has said HEADS UP for a FLOOD WATCH. I am watching. There is a little water out the back and two people have just told me that Byron and Environs have been hard hit – by ‘something’. A mini- cyclone.  ABC OF LENNOX HEAD.

We are being drizzled upon. Drizzled was a much used term the last few years in restaurants. I struck it frequently in Brisbane on the menus. Drizzled in various sauces – the food was. Well, this morning, we are being drizzled upon by chilly rains.

Last year, I was on the Clarence in Ulmarra and spent 7-8 days isolated at home with the Inland Sea variety of flooding. Round about this time in 2009, I visited Kati B out at Brierfield and was sogged in with the Quick Flash Flooding.

Now – the Drizzle ! I had it in my mind that June wasn’t a common month for floods here in the Bellingen Shire but checked the NLA Newspapers anyway. I don’t wish to become a fixated older person, determined that her recollections are accurate and infallible. Seems there have been some substantial floodings in June. The first one I found was in 1950. The flood featured in the Article was in August but there had been one in the June which had washed away the Raleigh Bridge.  Whichever Raleigh Bridge it was at that time. Its a  good story, the story of the Funeral.

FLOOD FUNERAL . The Sydney Morning Herald Saturday 26 August 1950, page 1

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article18170838

FLOOD FUNERALThe Sydney Morning HeraldSaturday 26 August 1950, page 1  

In 1925 : The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842-1954), Tuesday 23 June 1925, page 9

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article16217555

1925The Sydney Morning Herald, Tuesday 23 June 1925, page 9

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1933 saw another Flood imminent. http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article22183246

By June 9th the Floods had hit.

HEAVIEST RAIN FOR YEARS. Northern N.S.W. ROADS AND BRIDGES DAMAGED. GRAFTON, June 9.

The Brisbane Courier… Friday 9 June 1933

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article22183961

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1945 – things were looking really hectic on the east Coast.

: http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article2631539

PEOPLE FORCED FROM HOMES BY FLOODS North Coast Towns Isolated SYDNEY, Tuesday.

The Canberra Times (ACT… Wednesday 13 June 1945

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Then in 1951, Brinerville dairy farmers were driven out because their farms had been isolated for months. Nothing much has improved so it seems.

The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842-1954), Saturday 24 March 1951, page 1

AND IN 2010

BRINERVILLEThe Sydney Morning Herald Saturday 24 March 1951, page 1

SPICKETTS CREEK RESIDENTS

PENTAX DIGITAL CAMERAhttp://www.bellingencourier.com.au/

Three families living in the Spicketts Creek area and who are travelling the badly damaged road daily expressed concern over the length of time that the process of consultation alone has taken and will continue to take. There is no other access for these residents who have been under great financial and emotional stress as a direct result of the state of the road. Other residents expressed the frustration and inconvenience at not being able to access their neighbouring community without having to take an hours drive via the Pacific Highway, whilst others pointed to the importance of reopening the road as it provides the only alternative to the Pacific Highway when the highway becomes closed due to accidents.

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article18205497  

 

The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842-1954), Thursday 15 July 1954, page 1

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article18423912

repton floodThe Sydney Morning Herald  Thursday 15 July 1954, page 1

So much for no floods in Winter in Bellingen.  That’s Repton in the Photo from 1954. And that is the Main  Highway. We used to come North for visits from Sydney when we were kids and had some hairy experiences. I know we once set off south from Urunga but were unable to make it past Laurieton where we went and stayed with members of my mum’s family, the Bells, in some sort of shed or outhouse.

As to Floods and Rains in Winter, my memory had obviously betrayed me. Back to the Drizzling here in Raleigh. A phone call tells me the sun is shining in Tweed. Lennox Head has been Blitzed. I continue my radar watch. It would be an interesting thing to see if the BOM matched reality at all.

Let’s close with the STORM BIRD.

 

The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842-1954)  Saturday 9 December 1950

storm birdAnd to cheer you up on this wet Thursday, I suggest you follow this link to the DESIGN FOR A FLOOD RESISTANT SHOP IN GRAFTON.

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article18390734

Grafton Shop To Float In Floods

The Sydney Morning Herald… Tuesday 15 September 1953, page 9.

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