Thora still cut off
By BELINDA SCOTT
BELLINGEN's Thora community of 400-500 people has been cut off by floodwaters since Thursday and Darkwood Road will remain closed at least until this morning.
Bellingen's State Emergency Service (SES) controller, Liz Thomas, said bridges along the road were still affected by floodwaters and the condition of the bridges was unknown.
Late yesterday she also warned that future river rises were possible as showers were forecast for the Bellinger River catchment.
She said the isolated Thora community did not appear to be experiencing any serious problems, with Thora residents ringing in giving the SES information, providing a useful two-way dialogue.
Access to Leans Bridge was repaired by 1pm on Sunday, with Bellingen Shire Council working from early until late yesterday, clearing the roads of debris and evaluating the safety of structures.
Minor flooding on the Bellinger at Thora is expected to continue until today although the Bellinger River at Bellingen had fallen below the minor flood level late yesterday.
At the northern end of the Coffs Coast, Connie O'Connell had expected to spend Saturday in Nana Glen's Bridge Park cleaning up and planting as part of a combined Clean Up Australia Day and Landcare working bee.
But on Friday the Orara River overflowed its banks, climbed into Bridge Park and topped the bridge, Nana Glen School was closed and Saturday's planned activities were cancelled, hopefully only until next weekend.
Jim O'Connell measured 212mm of rain at their Coldwater Creek farm from Wednesday up to 9am yesterday with another 13mm falling by 5pm yesterday.
"The chooks have flippers on them," Mrs O'Connell said.
Orara River flooding cut some bridges and roads on Friday and Saturday, with Glenreagh's Bluff Bridge under 2.6 metres of floodwater on Saturday afternoon.
In the seven days to 9am yesterday, Coffs Harbour had 224mm of rain and a further 22mm by 4pm yesterday at Red Hill, to make 246mm of rain this week, while Dorrigo recorded 447mm plus 8mm yesterday for a total of 455mm this week Nambucca Heads 218mm and Macksville 104mm and Point Lookout 291mm plus 6.4mm yesterday to make 297.4mm.
Bureau of Meteorology duty observer at Coffs Harbour Roger Brown said today and tomorrow should see much calmer and drier conditions both on sea and land as the low causing the trouble moved out into the Tasman.