THE RECENT CYCLONE. (1906, March 26). The Sydney Morning Herald
CYCLONE AND FLOODS. (1928, February 17). The Mercury (Hobart, Tas)
PEOPLE FLEE FROM FLOODS. (1954, July 15). The Mercury(Hobart, Tas )
It was a truly lovely morning. The nights are cold and the days are moderate. Early in the morning, the mists begin to lift and all seems well with my world. I don’t intend leaving home today and that leaves me free to fiddle. One large magpie is at the bird feeder and I can hear a black cockatoo or two – with the warning of rain.
|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.
|FRONT PADDOCK||THE DAM|
|HEAVY FALLS AND WET GNOMES||DRAT.|
I started in on the Theme change last night. Boy, do I regret that? Yes, I do. Its meant changing all the tables in the site and resizing all manner of things. There is a good deal more to do so please bear with me.
As well as that, the Rains have come.
NSW SEVERE WEATHER WARNING
For people in
Northern Rivers, Midnorth Coast, and eastern parts of the Northern Tablelands.
Issued at 5:00 pm on Wednesday 2 June 2010
Synoptic Situation: 3:00 pm EST Wednesday
FLASH FLOODING EXPECTED ABOUT PARTS OF NORTHEAST NEW SOUTH WALES TONIGHT AND THURSDAY.
A trough lying off the New South Wales north coast is expected to deepen tonight, leading to the development off a low pressure centre in the region during Thursday. Widespread showers and rain are expected over the northeast of the state during this time, with the chance of local thunderstorms. Later Thursday and on Friday the low is forecast to move slowly south, before moving away to the Tasman Sea on Saturday.
The very heavy rain is expected to cause flash flooding, with the area of coast and adjacent ranges between about Yamba and Kempsey likely to see the heaviest falls tonight and Thursday.
A Flood Watch has also been issued for the NSW North and Mid North Coast from Yamba to Taree.
Emergency services advise do not enter flood water. Stay well clear of creeks, storm drains and causeways.
For emergency help in floods and storms, ring the SES [NSW and ACT] on telephone number 132 500.
The next warning is due to be issued by 11 pm Wednesday.
Bellinger River – moderate to major flooding
FLOOD WATCH FOR NSW NORTH AND MID NORTH COAST FROM YAMBA TO TAREE
Issued at 11:26 AM on Wednesday the 2nd of June 2010Note: This Flood Watch is a "heads up" for possible future flooding and is NOT a Flood Warning [see note below]. During Wednesday and Thursday an upper trough will move across the state bringing showers and possibly thunderstorms to the northeast corner of NSW. Later on Thursday a surface low will develop off the north coast increasing rain on the northern half of the NSW coast and adjacent ranges with possible local heavy falls. The low is expected to move rapidly across the Tasman Sea during Saturday and showers will ease. At this stage the following rivers have a greater than 70% chance of flooding during the period Wednesday night to Saturday morning: 1. Clarence River - minor flooding 2. Orara River - moderate to major flooding 3. Coffs Creek - moderate to major flooding 4. Bellinger River - moderate to major flooding 5. Nambucca River - moderate flooding 6. Macleay River - minor to moderate flooding 7. Hastings River - minor to moderate flooding 8. Manning River - minor flooding Other areas which have a risk of flooding, including local flash flooding, that are covered by a Severe Weather Warning. This Flood Watch means that people living or working along rivers and streams must monitor the latest weather forecasts and warnings and be ready to move to higher ground should flooding develop. Flood Warnings will be issued if Minor Flood Level is expected to be exceeded at key sites along the main rivers for which the Bureau of Meteorology provides a flood warning service. Across NSW, about 70% of Flood Watches are followed by flooding.
I am just going to take a break from updating the Themes on the Blogs and sit down with my photographs and soothe my Soul.
I have the Courier Sun and will look into it tomorrow.
Coming from a big old house in Ulmarra to a newish cottage with tiled floors in Raleigh has eliminated my 21st Century English Detective Story form of Interior Decorating and I find myself somewhat at a loss for ‘ style’. Tonight – the huge lounge for two non-reclining adults, the lamp we had in Tuscan influenced Red Hill ( Brisbane), the footstool which my 4’10” mother passed on to her 5’ feet tall daughter ( moi), the books from the early 20th century and the folding camp table I purchased this very evening in the dark and rain from Urunga Hardware. Its my ‘ Laptop in the Living Room’ table for use with television and heater.
And I am settled in for the Duration. Here is this day in a few images. Andrew Hegedus called in for a coffee and we were so occupied with talking that I took no images. Shame. We have Plans.
|WEE BIRD||HILLS AT BACK|
|OLD BUTTER FACTORY BELLINGEN||BOOTS AT BUTTER FACTORY|
Good night, All. I am taking out the Shoebox of Photos and doing some considering.
In the NATIONAL LIBRARY of AUSTRALIA HISTORIC NEWSPAPERS ON SITE, There is a projection of planned Railway Networks. They would have linked EAST/WEST as well as North South. Sadly, it hasn’t happened.
The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842-1954), Monday 27 January 1908, page 4 http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article14933273
Way back in 1954, Bellingen was already being dominated by Coffs Harbour in certain areas.
MORE BELLINGEN SNIPPETS FROM NLA.
Red Cedar Now A New Currency
The Sydney Morning Herald… Saturday 1 November 1947
The Sydney Morning Herald… Saturday 2 October 1954
|The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842-1954), Tuesday 23 February 1954, page 7, 8 http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article18411431||
It is one fine day here in Raleigh. WILLYWEATHER brings the temp in at 17.6 degrees C at 9.52 a.m. and the tide is almost down to its low of 1.5 m. We begin to slow after the hectic last 6 months. Izzy is back in the Garden where he is happy and I am at the desk where I am happy.
Last night, lightning was flashing over to the east and the air was Autumnal. I haven’t often delighted in an Autumn as I am this year. The girls put two new horses in the Front Paddock on dusk yesterday. They are coated and masked and settling in this morning. Last night was far more disturbed.
To our right is a line of trees where all manner of birds feed. We eat breakfast on the side verandah and this morning the mists were rising for a very fine day.
I am curiously unaware of the names of plants or birds despite having lived amongst them for many years. I need my brother-in-law or ex-husband on these ones. Both of them are local men – born and bred- as they say and very au fait with the flora and fauna.
Be that as it may ( I like that expression ), I have unknown trees filled with unknown birds and unknown bird calls. I like being home.
Over in Nashville, They are experiencing, on an even bigger scale, the media lack of attention we experience in disaster here.
Sitting here on one fine May Day, the floods of 2009 seem long gone. I watch us all and think we still have Post Traumatic Flood Disorder. When the gentle showers came a couple of nights back,sprinkling sweet rains, a nervous tic developed in my left eye and sleep became disturbed. A deep conviction of endless days and nights of inundation crept into the bone marrow and I noticed a similar pattern forming in those around me and on the streets of the towns. Next morning dawned fine and sunny and I was confused. Kati B tells me she felt the same. Last year was 6 floodings for Bellingen, major floodings for Coffs. Urunga was trashed and I was up in Ulmarra, water bound in the house for 8 days.
In 2010, gently and gradually, the peace of beauty of this Autumn heal the tensenesses and the tautnesses.