Flooding can't stop kindness spreading

Lou Sinclair shows the height of her shop sign after the water receded from South Murwillumbah.
Lou Sinclair shows the height of her shop sign after the water receded from South Murwillumbah. SCOTT POWICK

AS THE clean-up continues throughout the Tweed, South Murwillumbah residents are coming to terms with the devastation caused by the flood.

Mounds of fridges, beds, cupboards and even teddy bears are piled high outside of homes as residents sort through their life possessions to see what is salvageable.

Lou Sinclair has only lived in Stafford St, South Murwillumbah for 18 months, and runs her boutique homewear store Kindred Collective from the garage, but as the flood water receded it was clear she'd lost everything.

FLOODED IN: Lou Sinclair from Kindred Collective in Stafford St, South Murwillumbah shows how deep the water got during the floods last week.
FLOODED IN: Lou Sinclair from Kindred Collective in Stafford St, South Murwillumbah shows how deep the water got during the floods last week. SCOTT POWICK

"We've spent two days cleaning out the shop and downstairs area,” Ms Sinclair said.

"Neighbours have said how they were naive to think it wouldn't be this bad.”

As the flood water continued to rise on Friday, Ms Sinclair said she tried to save as much as she could from downstairs, even swimming through the water as it reached her chest.

"First it was up to the driveway then the next minute it was up to our knees,” Ms Sinclair said.

"I was so consumed by what was going on I wasn't thinking of anything, not thinking of my safety.”

Ms Sinclair said her daughter took a photo of her trying to rescue her shop sign before they decided the water was too dangerous and they couldn't save any more of their possessions.

"I thought I could save my sign so I got on my tippie toes as high I could but I couldn't get it,” she said.

"If I would have been taller, I would have stayed longer.”

While she wasn't insured for any of her stock or household items, Ms Sinclair said she's happy to cling to anything positive during this time.

"I've lost track of time,” she said.

"We're not covered for anything but we're grateful.”

Stafford St, South Murwillumbah resembles a war zone due to heavy flooding.
Stafford St, South Murwillumbah resembles a war zone due to heavy flooding. SCOTT POWICK

Ms Sinclair said she couldn't believe how the community has rallied together to help each other out. "I've had customers who have come in to help me clean up,” she said.

"I'm too tired to think about the throwing out process of rinsing and washing things to salvage.

"There was a group of women who came to help me. It was too overwhelming. I couldn't see past it but these ladies said they were going to save it. It's like finding gold when I come across old pictures. It's blown me away how great the community spirit has been. It gives me hope anything is possible.”

Topics:  cyclone debbie south murwillimbah floods south murwillumbah tweed flood tweed flood 2017

Six hideaway bars to escape winter chill

THE last season of GoT finally uttered the words we’ve been waiting six seasons to hear and now that the weather has cooled down in Brisbane, “winter is here.”

Our six art gallery picks for a creative day out

Queensland's Gallery of Modern Art always has a fun, exciting and interesting exhibition on show for the whole family to enjoy.

YOU'D be mistaken in thinking Brisbane wasn't an arty city.

Brisbane's arts and culture events centre stage

You loved the film, now you're about to love the musical. Don't miss The Bodyguard The Musical in Brisbane this July.

THE arts and culture events you don't want to miss.

Homewares stores to fulfil your Instagram dreams

No Caption

You too can become an Insta-star with these fab stores.

Date nights under $50

Nothing is more romantic than a picnic with a cracking view.

NOT every date has to cost you a bomb.

Top 10 Brisbane experiences to cross off your bucket list

Do yourself a favour and get amongst the food truck scene. Eat Street is a great place to start.

A GOOD bucket list doesn’t have to span continents or cost millions.

Six mega sporting events you need to be at this year

Don't miss all the action trackside this season.

IF THERE is one thing Brisbane does damn well, it’s play host.

Opera and long lunch to celebrate Italy

ITALIAN STYLE: Enjoy a day of fun and food at Mavis's Kitchen on Saturday, June 3.

Celebrating Italy in the best way possible at Mavis's Kitchen.

Max Boyd: former mayor looks back on life well served

TOGETHER: Tweed Mayor Max Boyd and his wife Marguerite.

Max Boyd has many fond memories from his time in public service

Bums on seats paving way for patient care

TAKE A SEAT: The Tweed Unlimited Arts members from Pioneer Parade, Banora Point. From left: Lyn McGrath, Rosemary Upton, Joanne Cutler, Marilyn Scotts, Jo Buckley, Bev McNamarra, Robert Stephen, Bruce Moore and Bev Hutchinson.

Artists create funky chairs in aid of charity.

Local Partners

Sam Armytage and Tom Cruise? Saaaaay what?

SAMANTHA Armytage has hit back at rumours she’s dating Tom Cruise, following reports the pair had hit it off during an interview on Sunrise.

Musical tribute to flood volunteers released

Songwriter honours flood volunteers who helped their neighbours.

Lismore songwriter Simon Thomas was moved by strangers' kindness

Karl Stefanovic's rant about Schapelle Corby 'a bit rich'

Karl Stefanovic is sick of hearing about Schapelle Corby.

Maybe he just wanted to make himself the story.

Could Schapelle be heading for Gladstone?

Australian Schapelle Corby is escorted by Bali Police at the parole office in Denpasar, Bali, Indonesia, 27 May 2017.

Schapelle's mother teases her free daughter could be Gladstone bound

Six things you never knew about Men in Black

Mushu the pug

It's been 20 years since Men in Black first hit cinemas

10 strange stories behind famous sex scenes

Khaleesi and Khal Drogo in a steamy moment.

Every set has their own way of filming sex scenes

HBO spills new details on Game of Thrones’ final season

Game of Thrones’ eighth and final season will only have six episodes.

New details about what to expect from the eighth, final instalment.

This is real estate's billion-dollar man

Bob Wolff at AREC with John McGrath of McGrath Real Estate.

They don’t call him the “Billion dollar man” for nothing

Man's amazing comeback from monster crisis

Pat O'Driscoll agents Penny Keating and Doug Webber sold 56 Agnes St, The Range at auction over the weekend.

NOT long ago, he sold his possessions to pay staff. Now he's back.

How Toowoomba house prices compare in Australia

For sale sign in front of home.

Here's what $700,000 will buy you in Toowoomba, Brisbane and Sydney

One of Maryborough's most historic homes is still for sale

FULL OF HISTORY: Trisha Moulds is owner of the historic Tinana state known as Rosehill. The beautiful home is currently for sale.

It has been the scene of both joy and tragedies over the years.

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!