Sunday night, June 5, 2016, while many were getting ready for bed, and contemplating the week ahead, the residents and business owners of Picton had their minds on something very different. Told to pack their bags, sandbag what they could and evacuate. Floodwaters were rising and there was nothing anyone could do but watch and wait.

It’s been almost three months since that evening that saw 140mm of rain and three people across the region lose their lives. Still most businesses in Picton haven’t reopened and some of Australia’s oldest establishments, like the George IV Inn built in 1835 have ceased to trade.