EMERGENCY services on the Coffs Coast faced their busiest night of the year with flooding, fallen trees, and traffic congestion testing resources. 

Ex-Tropical Cyclone Oswald last night tracked south over the region. 

Destructive gale-force winds and damaging surf along with heavy rain over the region's swollen river catchments will ease later today. 

The Bureau of Meteorology reported that 87mm of rain fell in just nine hours today in Coffs Harbour.

Much of the region has experienced falls of around 300mm over the past 48-hours. 

Flash flooding is still being experienced in Thora, Bellingen, Urunga, Bowraville and throughout the Orara Valley.

Rain will ease on the Mid North Coast.

Flood Update

  • Coffs Creek stood at 1.92 metres at 7pm on Monday and today is slowly falling.  
  • The Bellinger River peaked at 4.8 metres at Thora yesterday afternoon and stood at 4.5 metres at 9.30pm 
  • Minor flooding occured in Urunga when the river peaked at 1.55 metres at midnight. 
  • The swollen Nambucca River has caused flooding at Bowraville while minor flooding also occured at Macksville. 
  • Flood evacuation orders were issued in towns along the Clarence River.
  • A resident reported seeing a vehicle swept into floodwaters on South Arm Rd at Maclean around 8.30pm, a search was conducted and police are continuing to investigate.   


  • A Pacific Highway traffic diversion remains in place, south of Grafton, through Clarenza, but b-doubles are being turned around.  
  • Flooding is also being experienced over the highway at Corindi while the Ebor Armidale Rd is closed in both directions at Nymboida. 
  • Heavy traffic was seen in South Coffs around 7pm as the traffic lights at the intersection of Isles Dr blacked out.
  • There were reports of powerlines arcing in West High St at 8pm
  • A fallen tree blocked the Orara Way in Coramba near the police station around 8pm and the Eastern Dorrigo Way was also blocked by trees along with Hogbin Dr. 

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