Yesterday and last night we experienced wild winds and lots of rain, the above picture shows a 40ft tree that landed on our house yesterday afternoon, it was pretty dramatic and a little scary, luckily nobody was hurt but we do have an impressive leak in our kitchen due to a few broken roof tiles and the back awning is looking slightly precarious. It didn't, however stop us from going to a curry night by candlelight at Woo and Eno's delicious and wildly fun, wildly due largely to the weather conditions, but some of the topics of conversations, whoa!
The flood, which you can check out here, is the largest a lot of people have seen, reaching 9.2 metres overnight, it has been made especially impressive due to a lot of the smaller creeks flooding. The town is cut off, with the road leading to Dorrigo looking like a lake and the road leading to Coffs looking very similar. In town lots of people are checking out the Bellinger River, discussing the rain to come, fallen trees, rescue stories and marvelling at the power of Mother Nature. We have stocked up on food, although currently Kombu and IGA remain open and boiled a few pots of water, as instructed by a local, who has seen many floods, and only one bigger than this one.
We have heard varying reports, some saying things will start to clear today, other predicting a whole lot more rain, it has currently stopped raining, which meant we could borrow a chainsaw and get our winter firewood sorted and air things out a bit. We will also be housing a parent and two teenagers for the next night or so who have been left stranded on this side of the bridge and have been staying at the backpackers. Will keep you posted but here's hoping for clear skies and change in direction for the expected rain.