Lake Macquarie History

Cardiff floods

On Friday, 8th of June 2007, severe storm warnings were issued by the Australian Bureau of Meteorology. These warnings followed the development of an intense east coast low pressure system off the New South Wales Coast during the previous night. Over the next 36 hours Lake Macquarie was battered by the system's strong winds and torrential rain, causing extensive flooding, damage, and the grounding of MV Pasha Bulker off Nobby's Beach.

In the week following the storm, local photographer Valda Webb documented the flood damage to businesses in the Cardiff Central Business District, one of the areas in Lake Macquarie hardest hit by the storm. Valda's photographs provide a unique insight into the devastating effects of the storm and the arduous process to return to business as usual.