“Angels” came and performed miracles – Mogo Nursery begins flood clean up | Bay Post-Moruya Examiner

Date: 2021-12-13 05:31:33

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Mogo Nursery owners Gayle Smith and Phil Mayberry have praised the community for its assistance as the clean up continues from flooding that flowed through the nursery last week. “We had angels come and perform miracles,” Ms Mayberry said as she and husband Phil continued the clean-up on Monday. As for re-opening, “It is openable, physically, but time-wise it is not,” Ms Mayberry said. “We might have to just put someone behind the register and say there is no advice or anything else available for a while. “We’re waiting on trucks and skip bins here and even though we’ve had people offering help again today we can’t open yet. “The help has been wonderful, today is one of those cart before the horse days, it’s just all out of whack, we need chainsaws, trees cut up,” she said. Husband Phil explained the water went 120mm high through the Sydney Road nursery. It flooded the floor, all the back of the nursery was just floating around inside the fence, the water went through the Igloo and caused a fair bit of damage to stock. Mr Mayberry’s truck was also damaged, water going as high as the truck dashboard. The nursery’s generator also sustained damage and a ride-on mower started to float away. The Mayberry’s also sustained personal losses at their home adjacent to the nursery. “We had a lot of stock there waiting for the Christmas rush. A lot of it we won’t be able to replace, certainly not before Christmas,” he said. Some south coast residents are saying the flooding is the worst since 1983 and the biggest, according to Mr Mayberry, since 1991. “But in 91 it was no where as big as this one, it came over the highway in ’91 but only in two sections,” he said. “This time it was just a river flowing down the highway.” The water, Mr Mayberry explained comes mainly from Cabbage Tree Creek and also from the catchment coming down from what used to be the Gold Rush Colony which was destroyed in the 2019 bushfires. “Both of those catchments meet but certainly the main force and main body of the water comes from the creek,” he said. “It’s not that big a catchment but it certainly thumps when it’s ready.” And ready it was, with the ground saturated from recent rain and a King Tide already impacting the creek. “I had an inkling a big flood was on its way,” Mr Mayberry said. “The ground was just totally saturated and if we did get a big rain event it was going to impact for sure, but I’ve never seen it come up that quick. “I had a look at the creek about 10.30 at night and it was still sitting inside it’s banks. Something woke me at 4.30 (am), I had a look out and the ride-on mower was under water,” he said.

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