SES and cops praised for weather work
WHILE the rain appears to have eased for the moment, don't put away that umbrella yet.
More downpours are on the way next week while strong winds are unlikely to die down any time soon.
Coffs Coast SES and police operatives earned huge community praise when they stepped up operations for public protection.
Fresh sand was deposited ready to shovel into bags while police and emergency services doorknockers began doing the rounds of flood-prone areas dropping leaflets and warning residents to be prepared in case of emergency.
Among the service calls on Friday afternoon, assistance was given to drivers stranded in two different incidents on Middle Boambee Road where motorists got into difficulties during flash flooding.
Both drivers were uninjured.
Overnight, strong winds cut a swathe through the eastern suburbs of Coffs Harbour.
At Park Beach, residents were rescued from a unit block in Boultwood Street where the winds removed roof tiles and caused ceilings to sink under the weight of rainwater.
A resident in Edinburgh Street at Coffs Jetty narrowly escaped serious injury when winds dislodged a planter box resting on a top floor ledge and sent it crashing several storeys to the ground, narrowly missing him.
In the 24 hours up until 9am today, 147.8mm of rainfall was recorded.
A minor flood warning is current for the Orara River and the peak is now expected to arrive at Glenreagh Bridge this afternoon.
Minor flooding is already occurring at Glenreagh and will extend downstream over the weekend.
Glenreagh Bridge should peak near 6.5 metres around 3pm today with minor flooding (equivalent to 8 metres on the Glenreagh automatic gauge located upstream).
FloodSafe advice is available at www.ses.nsw.gov.au
For emergency assistance call the SES on telephone number 132 500.
For life threatening emergencies, call 000 immediately.