What a difference a day makes.
In the shadow of the misty Mournes, yesterday was a typical late August afternoon in Newcastle as families walked the streets of the seaside town enjoying the last few days of the summer holidays.
Along the sunny seafront tourists and day trippers in shorts and T-shirts were out to explore and queue for ice-cream.
It was a far cry from the scenes of devastation 24 hours earlier when Newcastle resembled a war zone.
The rising floodwaters of Storm Francis saw evacuated residents taking to boats for their own safety and shelter amid floating furniture and other debris, rather than for pleasure.
While the picturesque resort is an idyllic place to live for many, residents of the Shimna and Bryansford Roads, who had been through this all before in 2008 and long since feared heavy rain, may beg to differ.
In the calm after the storm yesterday, when the waist-high waters had subsided, the evidence of the deluge was still plain to see.
Sandbags greeted those arriving on the streets, while a smell of sewage hung in the air.
The wind-ravaged gardens contained the contents of many homes - whatever could be grabbed and saved in a very short space of time.
A glance inside the properties showed furniture piled on top of furniture and any amount of rolled-up rugs.
It was left to the children and grandchildren of some of Newcastle's most elderly residents to begin the massive clean-up operation and salvage whatever precious belongings they could.
In Elm Grove Park Margaret Hedley and family were attending to her 91-year-old mother's home, where the floodwater had reached knee-level just the day before.
"After all the excitement of yesterday, when so many people were around her, today she is crying, very depressed and down," Margaret said.
For those who had endured months of lockdown due to the Covid-19 pandemic, to be faced with the aftermath of Tuesday's flooding only added to the nightmare of 2020 to date.
Over in Larchfield Park that's how Moya Burns was feeling as she faced up to the damage caused to her elderly mother's home.
"She's a retired nurse who has lived in this bungalow for about six years and been through a lot in her lifetime," Moya explained.
"Having been isolating for all these months, this is coming on the back of a very difficult period for her, so it's very inconvenient and a real shame.
"We've never been through anything like this before so we're just trying to assess what can be saved because what looks fine on the surface may not be."
As the clear-up continues over the coming days and weeks, Newcastle residents will be watching closely to ensure the politicians finally deliver on their word to stop this ever happening again.
Flooding isn't a new phenomenon, but it has become a more frequent one. In February this year alone the Association of British Insurers stated that damage from flooding exceeded £360m across the UK following the ravages of Storms Ciara and Dennis.