Retailers take the high ground
By RACHEL SCOLLAY
"MOTHER Nature rocks," said Melania Stevens who was still smiling yesterday morning despite being evacuated from her Coleman Street house.
It had been a busy morning for the Lismore Conservatorium student, who said she was expecting waist-deep water at home.
After packing her valuables in her car, she headed to the 20,000 Cows restaurant to help her boss move fridges, before joining a team of volunteers at the Con, shifting musical instruments.
"It's just something about rivers and the way they take back their space again," she said excitedly.
"And all this bull with levees and damming it. It's just Mother Nature and you can all get lost."
Meanwhile retailers in the CBD were busy doing their own shifting.
While loads of stock were being ferried into waiting trucks along Keen St, Best and Less store manager Amos Plant sat relaxed in a completely bare shop.
He said they had been one of the very first to make the move, beginning around 8pm on Wednesday night.
"It took us six hours to pack up, with 13 staff," he said. "We didn't want to leave everything until today. Now we're just playing the waiting game. We'll stay until they force us out."
Owner of Tropicana fruit and veg shop Alex Coronakes is a veteran of many a flood, including the biggie in 1974. He said he'd learned not to listen to the experts.
"If the water doesn't come in then there's nothing lost.
"But if it comes in and you don't pack up, then you've got something to lose. You finish with a big headache."