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Floods wash oyster farm away

Oyster grower John Lindsay inspects his flood-damaged oyster rafts.
Oyster grower John Lindsay inspects his flood-damaged oyster rafts.

JOHN Lindsay says Tuesday's massive surge of floodwater down the Kalang River all but obliterated his oyster leases.

“I've never seen the water that strong,” a devastated Mr Lindsay said.

“It just roared down the river and ripped the rafts apart - it was very scary.

“I managed to save some of the buoys and some of the rafts but most of the oysters have been completely washed away.

“I reckon I've lost between $50,000 and $100,000 worth of oysters.”

He said the water was about a metre deep in his oyster shed and although it had now receded, had left a terrible mess.

“It's a disaster.

“We were already struggling with the (noro) virus problem because we couldn't harvest and sell the oysters but at least we still had them.

“Now we've lost all the oysters. It will take a lot to get over this.”

Mr Lindsay said rafts in the Bellinger River were not as seriously damaged as the floodwaters, strangely, had not been as strong.

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