Coffs Harbour escapes flooding

COFFS Harbour appears to have escaped the flooding which has caused so much mayhem for our northern cousins.

But our local SES has swung into operational mode as the rain continues to come down and outlying roads are cut by floodwaters.

“In Coffs Harbour itself everything is okay and we’ve had no hassles at this stage. There is no flood watch for Coffs Creek,” said Coffs Harbour City SES local controller Bob White.

“But out around Nana Glen there’s a few roads cut at the present time.

“The Bluff Bridge north of Glenreagh is under water. You have access along the Orara Way as far as Glenreagh but you will need to watch out for potholes.”

Mr White said the Edward Sharpe bridge near Nana Glen Public School had water over it along with Bucca Road toward Moonee and East Bank Road toward Nana Glen.

The SES had not had emergency callouts in Coffs Harbour and had handled only six requests for sandbags from anxious residents wanting to be prepared.

“They’ve been from people living close to the hills where there could be run-off,” he said.

“We haven’t had a lot of rain in Coffs Harbour – the worst rain has been further to our north and it’s gone inland.

“There’s nothing happening in Coffs Harbour. It’s very, very quiet.”

Local SES crews have joined their Clarence Valley colleagues who are combating flooding at Maclean and Grafton.

Elsewhere, Nambucca Shire SES volunteers remained on high alert yesterday amid flooding fears.

SES local controller Richard Townend said personnel stood ready to help residents in case the worst happened.

“We’re operational at the moment but we’ve not been called out to any flooding jobs,” Mr Townend said.

“The Nambucca River is rising, however, and we are on standby.

“All of Taylors Arm is cut off as well as Missabotti and there is only one road out of Bowraville that is open but things are pretty stable at the moment.”

Mr Townend urged people not to attempt to drive through floodwaters.

“People are still doing it despite all the warnings. I just can’t believe it,” he said.

“Locals have had to pull people out with their tractors and there’s been reports of that up at Taylors Arm where the water is over the bridge.”

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