This smash on Mount Browne Rd at Upper Orara sparked a major emergency response.
This smash on Mount Browne Rd at Upper Orara sparked a major emergency response. Frank Redward

Coffs Creek flood warning

TORRENTIAL rain and a car smash had Coffs Harbour’s SES crews stretched to the limit on Saturday.

When rescuers were called to a two-car accident on Mount Browne Rd at Upper Orara just after 1pm they were told there could be people trapped.

But they arrived to discover the occupants were not injured and were out of their wrecks.

The collision between a ute towing a trailer and a Mazda happened 1.8km from the Coramba Rd intersection.

A woman in the Mazda and three people in the ute were checked at the scene by paramedics.

“That job came amid 21 storm jobs during the day,” said Coffs Harbour City SES unit controller Bill Roffey.

“Most of those jobs were confined to west Coffs Harbour with people wanting sandbagging and attention to leaking roofs.

“People were concerned about the flood threat and the build-up of water across roads.

“There was even water across the road on the Pacific Highway at the Windmill.”

SES crews were mobilised when a flood warning was issued for Coffs Creek, with 85mm dumped on Coffs Harbour between 6am and noon.

Rain gauge alarms at Shephards Lane and Perry Dr were triggered at 11am.

“Those alarms are activated when rainfall exceeds 60mm in three hours,” Mr Roffey said.

“At 10.30am, Coffs Creek got up to 2.2m and it peaked at 2.49m at 12.45pm.

“We remained on flood watch throughout the day but the situation progressively eased.

“The Bakers Rd detention basin performed admirably on the day.”

Emergency services personnel attended four other accidents on slippery roads on Saturday.

Three were on the Pacific Highway between Coffs Harbour south and Boambee and the other was at Urunga.

No one was reported to be seriously injured.



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