Anchors Wharf, Urunga.
Anchors Wharf, Urunga. Coffs Coast Advocate/Bruce Thomas

Coffs fairing well despite deluge

THE Coffs Harbour district has fared far better in the big wet than Bellingen and other areas.

That's the assessment of Coffs Harbour City SES local controller, Bob White, who said local personnel yesterday had only a handful of jobs.

“We've had a couple of very small jobs in the town area, such as minor roof leaks and surface flooding from blocked drains,” Mr White said.

“We've had over 100 jobs since the rains started last week. We did a number of rescues of people in cars on flooded bridges.”

SES crews launched a flood boat early on Tuesday to search for a man camping at Newports Creek, south of Coffs Harbour.

They managed to find him in the dark and took him back to his family.

Volunteers also checked on stranded residents at Nana Glen and Deans Road, south of Coffs Harbour.

“But the water level dropped and they decided to stay on their properties,” Mr White said.

“On Tuesday, we took food and medicines to a family on East Bank Road at Coramba.”

Mr White said East Bank Road, a link from Nana Glen to Coramba, remained cut yesterday afternoon, and the Orara Way was closed at Bluff Bridge north of Glenreagh.

Bucca Road, linking Nana Glen to Moonee, was re-opened yesterday. Nana Glen had experienced flooding on Tuesday morning, but the Orara River was now dropping.

Mr White also said Coffs Creek was 'almost back to normal' yesterday afternoon.

“We got off very lightly. The creek got up to three metres on Monday night, but it didn't cause major problems.”

Coffs Harbour City Council says it's way too early to tell what the clean-up bill will be from the constant deluge.

“First of all, there is still water everywhere, which means we can't inspect our infrastructure,” a council spokeswoman said.

She said East Bank Road and the Orara Way north of Glenreagh had been cut by floodwaters, while there had been landslips on Bruxner Park Road.

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