Leigh Jensen

More Coffs Coast rain and storms

SHOWERS and thunderstorms will continue through the mid north coast region of New South Wales this afternoon and may increase again to bring further heavy falls.

Emergency Services Minister Steve Whan yesterday declared Coffs Harbour, Nambucca, Bellingen and Kempsey Shires as Natural Disaster areas.

The four centres have suffered damage to infrastructure; particularly to roads, bridges, culverts and water bores during the current flood event.

The most significant rainfall has been in the Coffs Harbour region, with up to 500mm in two days, including 260mm in six hours on Friday evening. Several other parts of the Northern Rivers and Mid North Coast, between Grafton and Port Macquarie have received 150 to 300mm over the last two days.

The SES continues to monitor river conditions, with the main area of concern now being the Orara River as river heights for both the Nambucca and Hastings Rivers have now dropped to below Minor Flood levels and are no longer subject to BoM Flood Warnings.

The Orara River – currently has a minor to moderate flood warning in place.  River levels at Glenreagh Bridge have now fallen below moderate flood level.  The flood peak is expected to arrive downstream at Coutts Crossing around noon today which may result in some isolation.  Bluffs Bridge (Orara Way), McPhersons Crossing, Poleys Bridge, Kungala Road, Black Swan Drive (Coutts Crossing), 15 Mile Bridge (Lower Kangaroo Creek Road) and Mulquineys Road remain closed.

The Nambucca River – currently has a final flood warning in place.  At Bowraville, the river has fallen below minor flood level.  All roads are now open for traffic.

The Hastings River – currently has a final minor flood warning in place.  Scattered showers continue to fall across the lower Hastings Valley although no renewed flooding has resulted from this.  The River levels at Kindee Bridge have fallen below minor flood level.

Over the past three days, the SES has received a total of 429 requests for assistance from the region with most from the Coffs Harbour area.

 The majority of these jobs are categorised as Storm-Flood threatening, which requires sand bagging affected properties as well as attending to leaking roofs and damage from fallen trees and branches. 

Approximately 100 SES personnel were in the field in the Clarence, Nambucca and Oxley Regions, supporting their communities and attending to any outstanding requests for assistance.

The SES constantly reminds the public that motorists should avoid driving through flood waters which may have washed away road surfaces and could be deeper or faster-flowing than they seem.

For emergency help in floods and storms call the SES on 132 500.  In a life threatening emergency call 000 immediately.

Do you have photos of the flooding?  Email them to editorial@finda.com.au.


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