Floods in the district were not uncommon but attempting to cross flooded streams in a motor vehicle was another matter. Horse power of the four-legged variety was needed on this occasion in December 1927 when the Merker family came to the rescue of their son-in-law Stewart Kelly at what is now known as Weston’s Crossing at Laceys Creek.
At that time the speed limits throughout the Pine Shire, which had been set on 12th January 1926, were:
Straights and unrestricted visibility 25mph; road mountainous country 12mph;
curves and bridges and through townships 9mph.
Fine for breach of a maximum £20.