Trapped ... Massive rafts have been left on the bridge over the Orara on Walters Road.
Trapped ... Massive rafts have been left on the bridge over the Orara on Walters Road. Coffs Coast Advocate

Nine families isolated by floods

ELLEN and John Brennan and their children are among about 30 people trapped behind a landslide and a debris-blocked bridge after Walters Road collapsed at Upper Orara on Monday night.

Members of the nine stranded families can only get access by climbing over the pile of rocks and soil and more than three metres of debris on the bridge.

Mrs Brennan said she thought their road would be impassable to cars for weeks.

She said as well as the landslide there was a hole in the road “you could park a truck in”.

John Brenann is a carpenter, but his truck and about $40,000 worth of trade tools are on the wrong side of the landslide. Ellen Brennan said yesterday people had walked in supplies and her 17-year-old daughter Emma had walked out and gone to stay in town so she could do her half-yearly exams for the HSC.

Mrs Brennan said with no power for residents on Tuesday or Wednesday, residents with no TV, radio or telephone were unaware of what was happening on the coast at Coffs Harbour.

She said they were hoping to be able to get their vehicles out by driving across paddocks once the bridge was cleared and water levels had receded.

Yesterday she was in discussions with Coffs Harbour City Council about moves to repair the road, which she said had been constructed on Crown land and had only been repaired after the last flood six weeks ago using Natural Disaster Relief funds.

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