Flooding could be on the agenda

By UTE SCHULENBERG

DARKWOOD resident Des Willis said water was lapping the bridges in Upper Thora at 3pm yesterday.

"The bridges are on the verge of going under," Mr Willis said.

"We've had intermittent showers all day, so any more rain will be a problem.

"We are already waterlogged, so there is nowhere for the water to go except the river."

Mr Willis has lived up Darkwood for 30 years.

He says back then wet summers like the rains we are currently experiencing were typical.

"The first year I was here, there were six floods in six months.

"The difference now is that the extremes are much greater ? it's either very dry or flooding.

"We never used to get these heavy downpours, with so much water in such a short time.

"On Monday we had 101mm in one hour!"

One theory Mr Willis has come across in scientific journals is that pollution in the atmosphere means clouds hold the water for longer.

And when they finally drop their loads, it's a deluge.

The Bellingen SES said the minor flooding in the Upper Bellinger that has been occurring over the past two days is likely to continue, as the showers and moderate falls are continuing.

However the Bellinger River was steady and there is no flood warning for either Bellingen or Urunga at this point in time.

Bellingen Shire Council's engineer, Ken Wilson, said the council had reopened Hobarts Bridge in Upper Thora yesterday.

"We are dealing with the host of things that come with rain events," Mr Wilson said.

"We've had trees down and road damage."



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