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Nellie’s

H Miss Nellie’s Cafe makes a much anticipated return. Interview with Jenelle Nosworthy

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i Jenelle. Miss Nellie’s Cafe in Kendall certainly suffered during Port Macquarie’s March floods. I know the business was absolutely decimated and you weren’t sure if you would be able to rebuild what you had lost. Tell us about this experience for you. Thanks Sarah. We were cut off at home from the cafe due to flood waters on the Friday morning, so friends sandbagged for us at 8am as the river was rising quickly, thinking we could prevent an inch or two from coming under the doors. We weren’t too concerned. However, within a matter of hours the river had broken its banks and we were sent photos of the water approximately 1m deep – up to the window sills. By 8pm it was over 2m and above the front door. We knew then we would lose a lot of equipment but could not imagine the devastation that ensued. We received photos the next morning at 8am (24 hours after sandbagging) and the cafe had been decimated – side verandah and garage ripped off, side wall ripped out and front windows and doors smashed in, with the deluge