Flood risk still current as storm damage is assessed
IN one word, the deep tropical low has brought 'mayhem' to the Coffs Coast.
Flooding rains, gale force winds and heavy surf have caused widespread storm damage, and even today the wild weather is yet to pass.
In an ominous sign, already saturated catchments were in flood even before the heaviest rain fell.
As 100km/h wind gusts felled trees and powerpoles, roofs were damaged and minor flooding caused congestion from the region's road network's to its hospital emergency wards.
A two vehicle crash on the Pacific Highway at Sandy Beach left a woman and her two young children injured in hospital while another three people were left nursing injuries.
Police said the accident happened after a car aquaplaned into the path of an oncoming vehicle around 1.30pm.
Ambulance Media said the rain was so heavy that passing motorists could not even tell emergency operators exactly how many people were involved.
Paramedics responded to the crash within minutes of freeing a driver whose truck ploughed off the road at Halfway Creek.
As emergency services battled to keep on top of the countless call-outs, power was lost to 4,000 Coffs Coast homes and businesses from Red Rock, the Northern Beaches to the Orara Valley.
Flights were cancelled at the Coffs Harbour Regional Airport.
As deep water pooled on local roads and the region's creeks and rivers rose rapidly, schools were shut down and many businesses closed in fear their employees could be cut off by floodwaters.
Police, Ambulance and the State Emergency Services endured a relentless, yet tireless day.
Coffs Harbour City SES Unit Controller Bill Roffey said crews had responded to 60 jobs and counting by late yesterday.
"With the heavy rain came the sandbagging and the fixing of leaking roofs," Mr Roffey said.
"We had motor vehicle accident responses then when the winds blew up the trees started to come down.
A large tree toppled over a house at Sawtell yesterday afternoon while powerlines came down over a car at Sandy Beach.
Bellingen SES were tasked to rescue three people from a house surrounded by floodwaters at 12.30am.