BREAKAWAY: Lake Arragan and Cakora Lake broke out to the sea at Brooms Head after the east coast low hit.
BREAKAWAY: Lake Arragan and Cakora Lake broke out to the sea at Brooms Head after the east coast low hit. Stephen Otton

June rainfall records set to be broken

THE east coast low has delivered as promised, but the Clarence Valley has bounced back much better than neighbouring regions.

This was despite Wooli recording a remarkable 468mm of rainfall up to 9am yesterday, as the worst of the weather hit the coastal village and left it left without power for hours.

Wooli Caravan Park owner Chris Priem said the village had fared quite well with much of the "incredible amount of rain" draining out to the ocean and river system quite quickly.

Mr Priem said he had heard only one report of damage to a house on the beach front, where a sheet or iron came loose.

"Other than that it's just the odd tree and branches down," he said.

"There's quite a bit of sand gone from the beach but the sand dunes are still quite good; there's probably about 10-15 metres of sand still solid on the beach."

From North Queensland, Mr Priem said he was used to monsoonal rain, but had never seen that amount come down in Wooli.

"It was absolutely bucketing down for quite a few hours," he said.

"I didn't see a soul here yesterday, so I think everyone stayed inside."

SES Clarence Nambucca spokeswoman Jenny Funari said there were 309 calls for help across the Clarence Valley over the weekend, most storm-related.

More than 40 SES volunteers worked through Saturday night, mostly around Grafton.

Further south at Corindi Beach, there were 30 calls for storm damage and 15 for flood support.

Along the coastline, the water level was expected to exceed the highest tide of the year last night as king tides continued to affect beaches across the Clarence.

Superficial erosion occurred at beaches across Yamba and Wooli, and in Brooms Head residents were treated to a more welcome sight of the Arragan and Cakora lakes breaking their banks.

"The Cakora has been sitting idle for too long and they say Arragain is the most stubborn of all the local lakes but was brimming at the time and just needed a natural push," resident Stephen Otton said.

"The great thing was that the storm treaded lightly on erosion at the Cakora breakout area as much planting has been done over past years," Mr Otton said.

The weekend's rain has Grafton well on its way to breaking its rainfall record for June with 161.2mm recorded just five days into the month.

According to Weatherzone the wettest June on record was 176.8mm in 2009.

In Yamba, however, it will take a lot more than a few millimetres to break the record of 548.4mm in 1967.



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