In February this year Moree was cut in two and over a few days the town experienced flooding from both the Mehi and Gwydir rivers inundating the north side of the town as well as many outlying areas.
Rapidly rising floodwaters brought water, mud and silt into yards, sheds and homes with many experiencing over-the-floorboad inundation.
ANGLICARE’s Disaster Recovery Program was asked to activate a team of volunteers to assist in the recovery centre and to provide community outreach to flood-affected homes. As much of the Armidale Diocese was flood-bound and many roads cut, the decision was quickly made to source ANGLICARE volunteers from Sydney. Two teams of six, made up of volunteers from all over the Sydney Diocese, were deployed a week apart.
The main purpose of the outreach provided by ANGLICRE volunteers was to ensure that peoples emotional needs were met after the initial impact of the disaster. In temperatures averaging in the high 30’s coupled with high humidity and outbreak of mosquitoes, our volunteers, along with the Red Cross, visited over 2,100 homes across two weeks. When meeting with people in their homes Disaster Recovery volunteers listened to their stories and allowed them to talk through their experiences and also provided information on services available to support them further. So far reaching was the flooding in Northern NSW that in the first week the team door knocked homes in and around Moree, but in the second week went north to the NSW/Qld border and south to Narrabri – some 300kms away!
I Praise God for our great network of volunteers and we continue to pray for those affected by the recent floods.
Manager, Disaster Recovery