The National : JUNE-SEPT 2017
THE LISMORE FLOOD, 2017 Lismore has often flooded in the past. Indeed I remember some in the 70s and 80s when Reg Latimer and his family at Lismore Laundry finally tired of it and moved the laundry to Goonellabah. However, since that time great efforts have been made by the Council with the creation of levees to protect the town, its people, and businesses. Here is some back- ground to previous floods. https://www.northernstar.com.au /news/history-lismore-flood- events/3161343/#/0 The flood on 31st March, 2017 was widely reported, and we add a link to refresh your memory of that dreadful event, which saw the levee breached. http://www.smh.com.au/nsw/nsw -floods-torrential-rain-hits-lismore- northern-rivers-region-after-cyclone- debbie-20170330-gvahow.html Massive rainfall and the tailend of Queensland’s Cyclone Debbie, a weather system that just wouldn’t quit, meant the northern rivers system, including the Wilson River, Lismore, became swollen beyond all expectation. Meteorologists, environmental professors, all confirmed, this one would be BIG and the town was forewarned. But although the river end of town floods, at the Dawson Street part of town, where Perfix Dry Cleaners is located, floodwaters rarely reach any depth. So the seven foot wall of water which inundated the plant and the surrounding streets was quite a shock. The awning outside faintly shows the floodline, and the drive thru doubled as a paddle thru for local kayakers. The photographs on these and previous pages show the extent of the flood that swept through Lismore on 31st March this year. PREPARATION FOR THE FLOOD The building is a generous size, and garments and household goods were 6 THE AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL DRYCLEANER & LAUNDERER JUNE JULY AUGUST SEPTEMBER 2017 Flood waters were not expected to top the steps... .... but as you can see, they went half way up the windows ... inundating the repair shop, and topping Jeht’s cutting table.
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