Historic. 1954 Flood, Lismore. Photo The Northern Star Archives
Historic. 1954 Flood, Lismore. Photo The Northern Star Archives The Northern Star Archives

History: Floods brought on by cyclones

IT would come as no surprise to many that the recent downpour brought on by cyclone Marcia was by no means the first of its type to cross the Northern Rivers.

In July 1921, the region faced one of its biggest downpours, with reports of entire houses being swept away.

In Casino, all low-lying portions of the town were under water, and considerable damage was caused to crops.

In Uki, the flood brought on by the cyclone reached its peak at 1am, surpassing all other records.

Four houses were swept clean away, with all their contents, and others were shifted.

Two men were rescued from trees.

Miss Linda Hess, after saving her own two children from drowning on Friday night, also rescued two other children by swimming through the torrent four times.

Nearly all the roads at Hanging Rock Hall were temporarily blocked by landslips or washed away.

On Saturday July 23, 21-year-old Albert Patch drowned in the floodwaters at Gundurimba.

In Newrybar the downpour was so intense Friday night of the storm, visibility was less than 20 metres.

The worst of it lasted from midnight until after 3am, before gradually easing off.

"Very few houses, if any, were dry, for the force of the wind drove the rain through," a Northern Star journalist wrote.

"Some houses were drenched and bedding soaked, and people expected that their houses would be blown down."

Outhouses were blown down and the wood and iron was carried some distance.

Telephone poles were broken down in several places, trees smashed off, and large limbs carried long distances.

Fences along streams were washed away and even some stone walls crumbled.

By the next day, water levels in streams and rivers were down considerably, but the mark left by the debris showed an immense volume of water had passed through.



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