Landslide impacts community life
WILSONS Creek Community Preschool director Donna Rayner doesn't know how many of her young students will make it to school today, but she does know that this term's learning theme will be construction.
The school has an unobstructed view of the emergency construction work taking place on the collapsed section of Upper Wilsons Creek Rd following a massive landslide on Friday.
"Most of my children come by bus, but I don't know if the bus will get in now that it can't get through to the turning circle on the other side of the landslide," Ms Rayner said.
"So, we'll just go ahead and see what evolves."
The road has been reduced to one narrow lane, following the landslide, with Byron Shire Council workers and engineers working throughout the weekend to stabilise the remaining section of road.
Over 24 truckloads of armour rock, each containing 12 tonnes, had been delivered to the site since Friday to prevent the swollen Wilsons Creek from further scouring the hill.
With around 100 properties already isolated by water in Main Arm and Wilsons Creek, the SES is preparing for food-drops to the area if the council decides to close the road altogether, which would isolate a further 40 properties.
Locals are starting to prepare for that possibility by stocking up on food and parking cars on the Mullumbimby side of the landslip and walking across the road instead.
"Nobody knows how long this will go on," Wilsons Creek local Barbara Stewart said.
"I've parked my car on the other side of the landslip, and then I'll walk the 3km up to my house," she said.
"I usually work as an ecologist in Byron Bay, but as long as I have electricity and the phone, I could work from home."
Another long-term resident described the landslide as the worst she had seen in nearly 20 years.
"People are anxious that if it keeps raining it will get worse," she said.