Workers point the way now that Waterfall Way is open.
Workers point the way now that Waterfall Way is open. Brendan Ray

Back in business after floods

HAVING LEARNT the hard way, Coffs Coast emergency crews and locals alike have bounced back quickly from the weekend deluge.

The big clean-up is off to a flying start with the earlier than expected opening of the Waterfall Way from Bellingen to Dorrigo yesterday.

Crews worked around the clock to make it happen.

While Coffs Harbour was spared any real impact this time around, in Bellingen, the mayor says it's a different story.

“We are a flood resilient community but our resilience is somewhat stretched after three major floods in four months,” he said.

Despite having four days notice, Bellingen SES said many people were not prepared for the flood on Friday.

LocalUnit Controller Toby Cuthel said residents didn't pay much attention towarnings until floodwaters started to rise in Bellingen for the thirdtime in three months.

Mr Cuthel said the SESundertook more than 50 jobs during the worst three days including amedical evacuation on Sunday when a woman needed to be evacuated fromDarkwood to the Coffs Harbour Health Campus for medical attention.

Muchof Bellingen is now open again, although Darkwood and Thora remainisolated by floodwaters that are expected to recede in the next coupleof days. Waterfall Way to the east of town reopened late Sunday.

“We're (the Bellingen SES) all very tired and we've had enough,” Mr Cuthel said. “We've been really busy.”

Mr Cuthel said there had been many deliveries of bread and medical supplies, again showing that residents weren't prepared.



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