Flood predicted for Grafton
AN HISTORIC flood is predicted for the Clarence Valley as the far- and wide-stretching catchment received downpours in nearly every section.
From the evacuation of Stanthorpe in central Queensland where the Clarence Catchment’s reaches begin, to the 100 millimetres of rain received by Glen Innes early yesterday – there is little doubt that the valley is in for something enormous.
On a local front yesterday, first it was the smaller outlying areas cut off by rapidly rising creeks and, later yesterday, the Pacific Highway at several locations was covered including South Grafton (north and south of the Grafton turnoff), Shark Creek, Harwood plus Halfway Creek to the south.
State Emergency Services (SES) went into overdrive as the calls for help and advice began to stream in.
The river is expected to reach 7.0 metres at 9am today at the Prince Street, Grafton levee – 1.2 metres short of the height of the levee at that point.
It would appear however, that more water is on the way.
THe State Emergency Service has voiced a plea to the residents throughout the North Coast:
Don’t drive, swim or walk through floodwater under any circumstances, as entering floodwater is the main cause of death during floods and floodwater can be deeper and faster flowing than it appears and may contain hidden snags, debris and contaminants.
It is best just to avoid floodwater completely to avoid tragedy.
Road surfaces can erode quickly, too, and driving at night should be avoided as visibility is impaired, and water across roads can appear unexpectedly.