Lismore is devastated, struggling to rebuild after its worst flood in history. Came in much quicker than warned. We are a flood town! We followed our plan, put our possessions upstairs above the 1 in 100 flood level and thought we were safe as the levee was predicted to overflow at 6 am. At 2 am, we got the emergency, evacuate now alert! by 6 am, the water was 2 m higher than any flood in recorded history, and our safe upstairs became death traps. Over 4000 people needed rescuing off their roof. Loved ones are lost.
I am one of the lucky ones! I got out. I have somewhere to stay. I have flood insurance!
Many people have requested me to start a gofundme. I was hesitant because I am luckier than most, even though I have lost everything.
This fund is to help my friends and neighbours who, like so many in Lismore, flood insurance was unattainable. They need help! I am distributing all funds I raise to people that need them most, like my neighbour Brett, one of the many heroes of Lismore. He spent two days in his boat rescuing people after losing everything.
Thank you for your help.
It's all so surreal.