From the Maitland Mercury report:
Jon Mitchell was 16 years old when he floated through Maitland floodwaters on the roof of a house.
He was one of about 2000 people who attended a 60th anniversary exhibition that commemorated the infamous 1955 Maitland flood on the weekend.
Mr Mitchell told the Mercury that he sought refuge from rising floodwaters on the roof of a Mount Pleasant Street home one morning in 1955.
But he said a wall of water rushed at the house and washed it along the street toward The Long Bridge.
“It smashed up against that and we were dragged underneath and out the other side and they [rescuers] picked us up at Testers Hollow,” Mr Mitchell said.
Full article available at Maitland Mercury, Feb. 22, 2015.