It never rains ? But it pours!

By JENI FAULKNER

THIS time last week we were all trying to find some way to cool down.

Today we'll all be trying to stay warm and dry as the big wet continues to take over from the big dry.

Yes, the forecast is for more rain again today.

The Mid North Coast was on high alert yesterday with emergency services awaiting flash flooding and the effects of severe winds and heavy rainfall.

State Emergency Services (SES) personnel in Bellingen constantly checked the river levels while the Clarence/Nambucca division attended a house in Bucca Road where heavy wind and rain had caused a tree to fall on a garage.

The Royal Volunteer Coastal Patrol surveyed dangerous sea conditions at the harbour and warned that the worst was yet to come.

Late yesterday, a low was expected to deepen off the Queensland coast and move south. This low is expected to generate winds in excess of 90km/h, which will hit parts of the Mid North Coast today.

Waves to five metres are expected to cause extensive erosion along the coastal strip.

Yesterday, there was plenty of rain ? the best falls since March.

The Bureau of Meteorology reported that Coffs Harbour received 85mm of rain in the 24-hour period to 9am yesterday and another 9mm in the six hours to 3pm.

Dorrigo recorded 116mm for the 30 hours to 3pm yesterday and Kempsey 86mm for the same period.

At Chincogan, near Murwillumbah, the rain has fallen in buckets.

Since it began on Saturday more than 330mm has been recorded ? that's more than 13 inches on the old scale.

Closer to Coffs Harbour, John Singleton from Corindi Beach independently recorded a deluge of 206mm at his property within the 36-hour period to 9am yesterday.

His son, who lives at Halfway Creek, measured just 62mm for the same period.



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