Photo taken by Cat Heslin of the Boyne Valley.
Photo taken by Cat Heslin of the Boyne Valley. Contributed by Cat Heslin

Nagoorin resident says Boyne Valley is suffering after flood

THE small townships of Nagoorin, Ubobo, Builyan and Many Peaks dotted along the Boyne River in the Boyne Valley have been hit hard by ex-tropical cyclone Oswald.

Cat Heslin lives in Nagoorin and her family was cut off due to flooding by Friday afternoon.

So far she has spent two sleepless nights not only worrying about the safety of her family of seven but also worrying about her friends and other community members.

"It was really an eye opener for us, driving around to where we could and witnessing the water rising at such a fast pace," she said.

"We moved out here November 2011 and experienced the flood last Christmas. But this was something we had never seen before.

"I really have never been so frightened in my life not knowing what was going to happen. People have lost livestock and the damage is just heartbreaking. But as a community we are working together to help those who need it."

Ms Heslin said being cut off from everyone was hard, especially when the power went out.

"We lose everything, power, water supply, our internet and phone. We do not receive mobile phone reception out here, which in my opinion is a major necessity for us."

She said that they need people to know that the people out in the Boyne Valley have needs as well.

"We are a bigger community than most people would think."

Ms Heslin encourages people to look at the Facebook page Keeping the Boyne Valley Connected to find out what is going on in the community.

Photo taken by Cat Heslin of the Boyne Valley.
Photo taken by Cat Heslin of the Boyne Valley. Contributed by Cat Heslin


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