Colo River flooding sparks SES evacuation orders, South Coast weather to worsen, Windsor flood fallout continues, Mid North Coast school, road closures extended23rd March 2021
Albert Vos, of Al’s Bakehouse in Wauchope, got a call at about 10.30am on Monday for 200 extra loaves of bread.
The request came from Tim Walker of Hastings Co-op, on behalf of the King Creek community, inland from Port Macquarie, which had been cut-off by floodwaters all weekend.
By about 2pm, the bread was ready and Mr Vos loaded the haul into his delivery van.
He said they “just fit it into production … because there’s no bread around”.
“We met the boat at the creek,” Mr Vos told the Herald on Tuesday. “The fire brigade on the other side had their little boat, they pushed it across the creek.”
The precious cargo was transferred in about 18 crates, over three or four trips.
“In the shop on a normal day, it varies day-to-day, but yesterday we did about 800 odd loaves,” Mr Vos said. “It was a big day.”
Mr Vos and his wife took over the business in May last year, as the COVID-19 pandemic took hold, and have since taken on 11 “really good” staff.
“The road is all open now but we’re still flat out in the shop with bread orders,” he said. “The community has rallied behind us now, they appreciate what we’re doing.
“Overall, I think the community spirits are good but like everybody, they’ve had enough of the rain.”