Recently married Andrew and Millie Dickson have spent a mere six nights together since returning from their honeymoon at the beginning of August.
Water laying around their Warren property Marebone makes it impossible for Mrs Dickson to get to and from work every day, forcing her to stay with her parents in town.
The pair said the floods have been challenging for them as they’d like to be together.
“It has challenged the new marriage as we just got back from our honeymoon in August and we’ve only spent up to six nights together,” Mrs Dickson said.
“Andrew’s getting sick of working in mud and there’s plenty of farm jobs we aren’t able to do due to the water and constant rain we are having.”
The problem doesn’t just affect the newlyweds, it also affects workers on their property.
“Our workers have had to move accommodation due to the flood waters cutting off access to their house. We’re able to access most of the property but there have been some places that have been under water since June,” Mrs Dickson said.
Despite having lost winter crops to water damage, the pair are positive about their summer crop.
We’re trying to live as normal life as possible but only having Millie back at the farm one to two nights a week since August isn’t ideal for anyone.
“The worst thing is loosing the crop but the best thing about the flood is water security for our summer crops,” Mrs Dickson said.
“It’s very good for irrigation farmers with the water security and it will boost the area of cotton in the Macquarie Valley. We are able to grow more cotton than previous years, we can have capital expenditure.”
Mr Dickson said it’s been difficult trying to plan and organise without his wife around.
“My wife having to live in town to get to work has made it hard for us to plan and organise as we are unsure when the flood waters are back up or when the rain is coming,” he said.
“We’re trying to live as normal life as possible but only having Millie back at the farm one to two nights a week since August isn’t ideal for anyone.”