Hinterland hindered by water fall

LIFE is still far from normal in the Bellingen Shire.

Although both the Waterfall Way to the east of Bellingen and Lavenders Bridge between the north and south sides of town were open by yesterday afternoon, hundreds of residents in Thora and Darkwood still remained isolated.

SES volunteer Tim Leader said Bellinger River floodwaters were receding slower than expected and flood warnings were still moderate for the river.

Phones were still out for residents of the Kalang Valley and power was only restored to Fernmount residents at about 3pm yesterday after nearly 48 hours.

Massive wash-outs and landslides had reportedly caused serious damage to the Bellingen/Bowraville Road past Spicketts Creek.

SES crews flew into the area, known as Brierfield, yesterday afternoon to talk to residents and check what assistance was needed.

The Waterfall Way west of Bellingen remained closed with a major culvert washed out near the Bellinger Valley Motor Inn. Clearing of debris at the Gordonville Crossing was underway.

The Dorrigo Mountain Road is expected to remain closed for at least another two to three days, with latest reports estimating a reopening on Monday of next week.

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