Main Arm residents mourn flood victim
By RACHEL AFFLICK email@example.com FRIENDS and neighbours of Main Arm woman Christy Moffitt wish they worried sooner about her disappearance.
A body found in floodwaters on Wednesday at Main Arm has yet to be officially identified, but yesterday friends of Ms Moffitt were expecting the worst.
The woman's body was found at 11.20am on Wednesday, five days after her car was probably washed from a causeway.
Main Arm and Mullumbimby residents yesterday told The Northern Star they felt bad Ms Moffitt's disappearance had not sparked their alarm bells sooner.
It is believed Ms Moffitt, the mother of two boys and a girl, was travelling in a car when it became washed from a flooded causeway near her home.
Police received a triple-000 call from a nearby resident who heard a woman screaming for help from a car that was washed off the causeway.
Floodwaters prevented them from reaching the area and searching for her, but police later received information leading them to believe the woman had been picked up by a passing motorist.
However, a missing persons report was lodged with police the following Tuesday and sparked a full scale search of the area.
Police and State Emergency Service volunteers located the body about one kilometre from the spot where an abandoned car was found, washed from a causeway.
Main Arm General Store owner Marianne Dichiera said they all thought Ms Moffitt had gotten out of the car, which was left abandoned at the causeway.
"You wish you could have done something sooner," she said. Ms Dichiera said a storm on Friday night had raised the creeks, already swollen with water, over the causeways.
"I went down there with the kids between 10.30 and 11 at night and two causeways had actually joined," she said.
"It was so dark. There's no way a car going through that would have gripped the causeway at all. It was completely gushing over."
Ms Moffitt, who at one time worked as a cleaner at Mullumbimby's Chincogan Hotel, was known by the staff there as a 'friendly, talkative' woman.
Hotel employee Kristie Leclere said Ms Moffitt was 'brilliant to have a chat with'.
"She was one of the first people when I started at the pub who I made friends with. She was always wanting to have a yarn," Ms Leclere said.
"There were still lots of people she used to drink with at the pub and down at the RSL club."
Many of those people gathered at the Mullumbimby Ex-Services Club on Wednesday night to have a drink for Ms Moffitt, who they believe has become the first fatality from the floods that have devastated the region over the past week.