The Long, Long Road to Recovery
On 28 February, Lismore flood levels peaked at 14.4 metres, more than two metres higher than the previous record of 12.27 metres in 1954.
This kind of flooding was well above the town's 10-metre-high levee wall. The wall was built in 2005, and in early 2000 there was a program set up for residents to raise their low lying houses to a height of 12.5 metres - out of the danger zone based on previous floods.
With all these measures taken, this new flooding still devastated the town. Four people died, with 2000 homes