Local ses volunteers need a break

LOCAL SES volunteers are breathing a sigh of relief and exhaustion today, after requests for assistance during the flooding of Coffs Harbour topped more than 1000 calls in two days.

Rain on Monday night saw the SES logging 30 requests for assistance for leaking roofs and sandbags.

But by 3.30am yesterday, more than 1000 requests were made as volunteers responded to the flooding.

SES volunteers numbered 900 by yesterday and helped to rescue about 100 people at Coffs Harbour, Bellingen and Urunga, including a family trapped in waist deep water in their home in Bellingen.

Coffs Harbour SES spokesperson, Bill Roffey, said local volunteers were now in 'recovery mode'.

“That involves cleaning up and checking areas to make sure everything's okay,” Mr Roffey said.

“Everyone's tired but everyone's done a great job.”

Both volunteer and paid emergency services managed evacuations, assisted residents with flood damage, provided emergency accommodation and ensured those who were stranded were looked after.

The Department of Community Services operated three evacuation centres which accommodated about 900 people over the past couple of days, including emergency accommodation for almost 140 people.

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