04.03.2013 - 04.03.2013 25 °C
Having decided to head south we were up and on the road before 0830. The weather was OK but threatened rain. A few showers but they passed as we drove on towards our Freecamp south of Taree. The further south we travelled the worse was the landscape with huge tracts of farmland under water. We took a few photos but both felt rather guilty that we were doing so when the locals had suffered so much tragedy in loss of property and livestock.
Arriving in Kempsey, one of the worst hit locations the township had quite a few people shopping but the place had an air of desolation about it. The Coles and Target shopping centre, adjacent to the Macleay River, had a closed escalator from the first floor down to the underground/underwater car park. The brown flood surging past, under the bridge, and on towards the sea.
The section from Kempsey to Taree was really hard hit and at one time we travelled along the Pacific Highway where the farmland was almost a meter above us and that paddocks covered in water. Very eerie indeed.
We took a chance by going via Port Macquarie, however, there were still very wet patches along the way including water over the road in one place. Sadly we didn’t get to see anything worthwhile this time. Somewhere to include for a future trip perhaps?
Taree proved as a bad a prospect with obvious debris caught up in the fences that remained. Forlorn cattle huddled together on little high spots in the paddocks.
Managed to get set up at our overnight took the opportunity to put the awning up to dry it out, which was accomplished just in time for the next shower! A rather noisy trucking night for David, but Mary had a good sleep – courtesy of her new earplugs!