A boat is dragged under by heavy floodwaters near the Fry Street boat ramp at Grafton.
A boat is dragged under by heavy floodwaters near the Fry Street boat ramp at Grafton.

Deadly wait as floodwaters rise

RESIDENTS of the Jacaranda City spent a tense night watching the mighty Clarence creep even higher up their levee wall.

The SES said the river was expected to peak at Grafton at 7.7 metres by 9pm, just short of the eight-metre height of the levee.

No evacuations of Grafton were planned but residents had been evacuated from Brushgrove, Ulmarra and Cowper to the north.

Residents of Swan Creek and along the Pacific Highway north of Grafton spent an anxious day yesterday, watching the swollen waters of the Clarence River creep up ever higher to their properties.

While Pacific Highway traffic was being diverted through the Summerland Way, the usually busy stretch of road had effectively turned to a ghost road with only locals driving between Clarenza Lane and where the highway was cut near the beginning of the dual car- riageway at Swan Creek.

Rene Munzing lives in a house overlooking the highway near the road closure at Swan Creek and said it was one of the worst floods he’d seen.

“What happens is that all the river over flows which is over the highway, then it comes across the highway into the paddocks so all our houses here are affected by the paddocks,” Mr Munzing said.

“At our place, the paddock is probably 50 metres from our backyard and it’s coming up pretty fast.

“So we’ve got at least 50 metres before it comes to the house but our other neighbours, who are across the paddock, would have to be about a metre under water at the moment.

Mr Munzing said the noise made by the water rushing over the highway sounded like the ocean and was intimidating to hear at night.

Although still able to get to town, Mr Munzing said evacuation wasn’t high on his agenda yet due to his home’s split level.

“But we’ve got enough supplies, we went into town to get supplies so if we do get cut off, we’ll be right,” he said.



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