He's fronted Seven's nightly 6pm news bulletin for close to three decades but news presenter *Rick Ardon *departed * *the confines of the *Perth * studio this week to report on location from flood-ravaged Queensland.
Ardon, who regularly travels around *WA * and the country to cover major news stories, took a red-eye flight to Brisbane on Monday. There, he and the news crew went straight into filming the flooded streets in and around city, before making their way to Ipswich.
Having covered Victoria's devastating Black Saturday bushfires in 2009 and the 2010/2011 Queensland floods, Ardon is no stranger to the aftermath of a natural disaster.
However, the 53-year-old admits that covering such events can take its toll emotionally.
"It is hard when you see, up close and personally, people's lives devastated by floodwaters and tragedies," he told _AAA. _"It does have an effect on you."
But there are also stories of hope.
"There are also great stories of jubilation too," he said.
"For example, here we've come across two fellows who discovered at 4 o'clock in the morning in pitch black that their elderly neighbour's house was being inundated.
"It was just a wonderful case of them going and finding the 81-year-old, who was asleep (among the) rising floodwaters. He didn't have any idea and they saved his life.
"So among the devastation you have these rays of hope and jubilation."
Ardon said he and the news crew would stay on location in Brisbane for as long as required and would continue to visit and report from surrounding flood- ravaged regions.
'It is hard
when you see,up close and personally, people's lives devastated by floodwaters and tragedies.'