Floodwaters recede

THE flood threat for the Clarence Valley is easing with readings showing steady or falling levels along the river.

The Prince Street gauge in Grafton, which on Wednesday afternoon reached a peak of 7.64 metres, had already dropped to 6.69 metres by 6.30am yesterday and was steadily falling.

Further down river, Ulmarra was sitting at a steady 5.56 metres with Maclean sitting at 2.97 metres and steady.

The steady and falling river heights follow a day of anxiety where some residents of Brushgrove, Ulmarra and Cowper were evacuated after predictions the river would over-top down-river levees.

Floodwaters are starting to recede from local roads including the Orara Way, which is now open.

The Pacific Highway is now open for all traffic travelling south of Grafton but the highway north of Grafton remains closed indefinitely.

A detour is in place on the Summerland Way between Grafton and Casino. Heavy vehicles are no longer required to use the New England Highway and Bruxner Highway.

The Gwydir Highway west of Grafton has been re-opened but the Bruxner Highway remains closed 40km west of Tenterfield and at Boggabilla.

Updates are available on www.rta.nsw.gov.au

Further south, Nambucca Shire residents are returning to normality following a hectic few days of flooding.

The Greenhills Road at Factory Bridge won’t re-open for another few days, according to the council’s engineering services director Paul Gallagher.

Taylors Arm residents are no longer isolated but their main road is in bad condition.

Previous flooding means John’s Bridge at Missabotti remains closed while there is still no access from Bowraville to Bellingen.

The Deep Creek Bridge at Valla is closed indefinitely, another casualty of previous flooding.

Mr Gallagher said it was too soon to put a figure on the floodwater damage to council infrastructure.

The big wet which has saturated the Coffs Coast appears to be over – for the next few days anyhow.

The weather bureau says we can expect a shower or two and cloudy conditions until this afternoon while tomorrow should be partly cloudy and Sunday is predicted to also be cloudy with scattered showers.

Top temperatures of 26 and 27 degrees are expected to prevail.

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