Newspaper article Daily Examiner (Grafton, Australia)

Small Villages Savaged by Flood

Newspaper article Daily Examiner (Grafton, Australia)

Small Villages Savaged by Flood

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Byline: MARSHA NEVILLE marsha.neville@dailyexaminer.com.au

THE extent of flood damage to small communities on the Lower Clarence is only now starting to come to light as the big clean-up begins.

For many the river may have gone down, but the disaster is a long way from subsiding.

Wading knee-deep in river mud, Toby Lowe, of Harwood, yesterday attempted to clean up her antiques store that has suffered crippling damage.

"The water was chest height for three days, we couldn't use the toilet and the septic tanks were overflowing. I don't know how we are all not sick," she said.

Her son hired a helicopter and landed on the last piece of parkland last Friday to help his mum and dad, who has Parkinson's disease, to raise whatever they could to a safe level.

Throughout the town, fire hoses from the sugar mill are being used to wash down the roads and yards, graders are clearing the stinking silt from the road and people are passing by to lend a hand and check on their neighbours. …

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