‘Never before have I ever . . .’ seen this happen in Evans Head

ABOVE: Off to rescue more people, Echidna Place in Rileys Hill. Photo: Kerrie-Anne Mauder

Susanna Freymark

High tide at 8am this morning as well as a surging river had Evans Head locals out in boats as the only way to deal with the rising floodwaters.

Resident Kelly Hayman said locals were rescuing families on boats along Woodburn Rd.

Photos coming in of the Evans Head Fisherman’s Co-op and houses along Evans River show the extent of the rising water.

Kerrie-Anne Mauder sent a photo of a boat at Echidna Place rescuing people.

Michele Yates was lost for words and simply said:

“Never before have I ever…”

The donation point for Evans Head is the Presbyterian Church on Woodburn St.

Linen, clothing, toiletries, pet food, air beds are needed and can be dropped off at the church.

Resident Lisa Racz said people were on rooftops in Broadwater and Woodburn waiting to be rescued.

The rescue helicopter and boats from Evans Head are trying to reach people, she said.

“It’s like a living nightmare and I honestly feel gut sick from worry,” she wrote on Facebook.

Kind offers to help and house those affected by floods have come in.

Graeme Ryan is on the south side and he has a jet ski.

“I have helped a few people get to the bridge and my wife is on the other side of the bridge running people downtown. If you need to get there give me a call 0428 030 473. Also, we have a couple of spare bedrooms if anyone from surrounding areas need somewhere to stay or a feed.”

Photos below of Evans Head by Michele Yates, taken this morning, Tuesday, March 1.

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