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SES dealing with heavy workloads

The Club Hotel at Coraki wa an island at midday on Saturday.
The Club Hotel at Coraki wa an island at midday on Saturday. Tweed Daily News
STATE Emergency Service volunteers south of the Tweed have had a busy weekend, with hundreds of calls for help.

Despite volunteers working 19-hour days, crews have managed to stay on top of the drama.

Lismore SES spokeman Linsdsay Matterson said they went to 236 jobs.

"We have a few jobs left over, but the teams have worked really hard," Mr Matterson said.

"There are still some problems accessing low-lying areas, but we'll start again at 8am.

"We're very grateful for the assistance provided by teams from out of the area."

Woodburn SES south of Ballina received more than 50 calls over the weekend, including one from a Woodburn couple caught in rising floodwaters along the Swan Bay-New Italy Road yesterday afternoon.

Bruce McCormack from the Woodburn SES said they found the couple in their car about 300 metres into a body of water.

"It was about 0.7 metres deep," he said. "The middle-aged couple inside had water up to their waists.

"We attached a chain to their car and pulled them out.

"The occupants were in shock, but they weren't injured.

"They were mainly just cold. They said they had tried to drive across the water, thinking it might only a be few centimetres deep.

"They had been trying to deliver fresh bread to some friends who were flooded in."

Mr McCormack said Woodburn SES had received 52 calls for help and numerous calls for information about road closures.

"We had several damaged roofs at Evans Head. One was caused by a tramploine, which was blown four blocks away and landed on a house," Mr McCormack said.

"We've been pretty busy."


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