Heavy rains hit Marcia St


THE torrential rain that bucketed onto Coffs Harbour on Wednesday afternoon took many residents by surprise, but none more so than the business owners along Marcia Street.

Several businesses, including Plastamasta, Marcia Street Wreckers, TV Technologies and Gately Mechanical, spent yesterday morning cleaning and calling insurance companies after they were caught in ankle deep water around 5pm.

Director of TV Technologies, Peter MacDonald, said water came from all directions to flood their store.

"It was rushing off the street through the front door to start with," Mr MacDonald said.

"Then the laneways each side of us flooded and it came up under the walls."

Ben Gately of Gately Mechanical spent most of Monday evening rescuing stock and sweeping out their premises.

"The water came straight off the street, went right through the workshop and offices and out the other side," he said.

"This is the third time this has happened over the past couple of years I'd say it would be the second time in six or seven months."

Plastamasta, A & A Tyres and Frank Murphy Plumbing also had some minor flooding but escaped any lasting damage.

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