SWAMPED: A motorcyclist braces for the back wash as a car goes through the Marcia St intersection.
SWAMPED: A motorcyclist braces for the back wash as a car goes through the Marcia St intersection.

In one day the Coffs Coast gets its May monthly rainfall

CLINGING to the coast and centred over Coffs Harbour for 24-hours, the swirling East Coast low has already dumped more than 250mm of rain with more to fall today.

Rivers, creeks, stormwater systems and the road network struggled to cope with the inundation after the rain shadow hung against the Great Dividing Range.

Heavy falls yesterday saw 106mm recorded by the weather bureau in Coffs Harbour, while Nambucca topped the region with an afternoon tally of 148mm.

During the downpour, Coffs Harbour mechanic Karl Phillips found himself servicing vehicles with water under foot.

The workshop of Mills and Thoms Mechnanical copped the run-off from the cleared site in Beryl St where the Coffs Harbour Justice Centre is being built.

Fishing Tackle Australia owner Reg Coutts-Smith, whose businesses back onto the levelled blocked was also left fuming after run-off flowed through his Kayak Shack.

"Efforts have been made on that site to contain the water, but it hasn't held back all this water," Mr Coutts-Smith said.

"It may be a kayak shack, but we don't need water in the business."

Heavy run-off onto the Pacific Hway also caused a hazard near the Marcia St intersection and contributed to several minor accidents while Coffs Creek rose to 2.7 metres on the high tide.

Today the Bureau of Meteorology has forecast that showers should ease, but the five day forecast is carrying plenty of rainy cloud icons.



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