SES staff were kept busy as they responded to the floods.
SES staff were kept busy as they responded to the floods. Coffs Coast Advocate

Coffs SES well prepared for flood

COFFS Harbour SES unit controller Bill Roffey has described the unit as 'a well-oiled machine' after the response to last week's weather event.

“From our perspective it (the preparations and response) went brilliantly,” Mr Roffey said.

“All in all it was a darn sight easier than March 31.”

Mr Roffey said that Coffs Harbour residents helped themselves a lot. “Everybody was very twitchy after March 31,” Mr Roffey said.

“The people of Coffs Harbour need to be congratulated for their pre-emptive efforts.

“Self help is the best help,” Mr Roffey added.

In total, Coffs Harbour SES, with the help of out-of-area crews, were able to complete 346 jobs since last Wednesday.

A majority of those jobs were sandbagging for elderly and infirm residents.

A total of 10,000 sandbags went out into the Coffs Harbour community from the SES with the help of Rural Fire Service and Fire Brigade helpers.

Out of area crews covered most storm jobs within the community during the day, leaving Coffs Harbour crews available for primary rescues and night work.

SES crews from Coffs Harbour have headed north to lend a hand to flooded Grafton.

“It's quite eye opening,” added local controller Bill Roffey said. “We got into Grafton and there's just water everywhere.”

Mr Roffey said although the river is receding, the levee banks designed to keep the water out is trapping the water in the city.

The road north of Grafton to Maclean was opened to 'high vehicles' yesterday afternoon so SES crews would be able to resupply those cut off north.

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