|EGRET AT THE BOTTOM OF THE FRONT PADDOCK.|
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
In 1925 : The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842-1954), Tuesday 23 June 1925, page 9
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
1945 – things were looking really hectic on the east Coast.
PEOPLE FORCED FROM HOMES BY FLOODS North Coast Towns Isolated SYDNEY, Tuesday.
The Canberra Times (ACT… Wednesday 13 June 1945
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
The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842-1954), 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
The Sydney Morning Herald… Tuesday 15 September 1953, page 9.