It was a hectic weekend for those of us working in the media and emergency services on the North Coast with storms and flooding dominating the news and all manner of dramatic rescue stories coming out of these events.
In my new job as digital producer I'm working on the websites of four of our North Coast papers, including the Coffs Coast Advocate which covers the Bellingen area, and the flood photo, above, was sent in to me by North Coast blogger and crafter, Cath Young on Saturday, taken by her partner, Neil.
The photo at the top was taken two weeks ago when I visited the mid North Coast, which I blogged about here. It wasn't until I was looking through the rest of my road-trip photos yesterday that I realised both Neil's and my photos were taken from the same vantage point - the Lodge 241 Cafe in Bellingen looking out towards Dorrigo - captured two weeks apart. What a difference two weeks makes!
For those of you who haven't experienced a North Coast flood, these photos illustrate how dramatically things can change up here with heavy rain, sometimes within a few short hours, with the landscape transformed from those brilliant, lush green valley views to become inland lakes covered in grey-brown flood waters.
This is the second major flood Bellingen has experienced in a month and the area, along with many more across the North Coast, has now been declared a natural disaster zone - which allows the local councils to access funds to help with recovery and clean-up.
The one thing I know from all the years living in this region is that we do recover from floods, and in no time at all the views across the valleys will be even greener than before.
This week I'll be blogging more photos of Bellingen that I captured before the latest flood. It's such a pretty little country town, I'm so glad I got to spend some time there while the sun was out and I can't wait to share those photos with you all.
|Here are the same photos side-by-side so you can really get the sense of how much water is out there...|