Sisters reunited by flood crisis as defence force arrives
WITH a Blackhawk helicopter as the backdrop, Bundaberg's Natasha Roberts was unexpectedly reunited with her sister Alisha Efford as the flood crisis in the city worsened.
Natasha was married at Frank Coulthard Oval, home of Across the Waves' Aussie rules team, on Saturday after the heavy rain and floods forced her to abandon her plans of a beachside wedding.
Instead she and her guests gathered at the oval - where they had planned to host the reception - in the pouring rain as she exchanged vows with her soon-to-be husband, Luke, who plays for the ATW Aussie rules side.
Sister Alisha had not been able to attend the wedding ceremony because she had not been able to get leave from the army.
After the ceremony, it became clear Bundaberg was a region in crisis as ex-tropical cyclone Oswald pummelled the city with heavy rain, leading to extensive flooding.
Natasha is a qualified paramedic so she swung into action, helping those in need of assistance and volunteering her services wherever she could while Luke helped out with the State Emergency Services.
And although she didn't get to see her sister on her special day, Mother Nature intervened to ensure the siblings could catch up.
With Bundaberg flooded, Alisha was deployed to the city on Monday after the Australian Defence Force was called in to assist with the rescue efforts.
As a result, the two sisters were able to have an unexpected reunion.
Their aunt, Maryborough's Sherri Auld, who has been affected by the flood crisis in that city, said it was a real family effort as dozens of rescues were being carried out.