Oysters won't be flooding market
URUNGA oyster farmer John Lindsay says Tuesday night's flash flood washed much of his livelihood down the Kalang River and it will take at least two years to recover.
“I didn't think we could get a worse flood than what we had in February but this one was as big as anyone here has seen,” Mr Lindsay said.
“It came up faster, higher and at night, which meant we were unable to rescue the rafts. About five per cent have turned up on the beach but not much is recoverable.”
Mr Lindsay said he had barely finished the clean-up and repairs from the last flood.
“Now we have to start all over again.
“I've lost about 50 per cent of my stock.
“It was mostly the big, beautiful oysters that we've been holding back because of the river closure (due to Norovirus scare last July) . . . the ones that should have been sold at Christmas.”
The family business, Lindsay's Oyster Barn, also suffered severe water damage with fridges and freezers ruined and fish and prawn stock lost.
“There's nothing you can do . . . but hope you get lucky,” he said.
Lindsay's Oyster Barn will re-open for business today selling Wallis Lake oysters and fish/ prawns from the Clarence River.