Friday, March 6, 2015

1955 Maitland flood part of collective memory

From the Maitland Mercury report:
And the way for us, February is the cruellest month; like Eliot’s memory and desire stirring, so does ours.
And February quickens the reminiscence, it wakes us from our dry January meditation – February is flood month.
And the way February is often heavy with cyclone skies up north which on some invisible, malevolent and necessary system come lurching south and fill the gullies to bursting, and every 100, 200, 500 years its makes rivers of our fields and streets and homes.
And so I went down to the Town Hall, down to my rocket-ship the Town Hall to see and feel and remember 1955.
And there on the wall was the rightful question “Are You Flood Ready?”

Full article available at Maitland Mercury,