SES to the rescue again

COFFS Harbour SES had responded to 381 calls scattered all over town by Monday morning.

SES media co-ordinator Bill Roffey said those call-outs had included rescuing three people from the Hogbin Drive-Stadium Drive roundabout where they had driven through flood waters.

SES local controller Bob White said people driving through water deep enough to stop a car used up resources and put other people’s lives in danger.

The SES worked pro-actively, evacuating people from areas of Gundagai Place, Gundagai Street, Korff St, Loaders lane and Bray Street on Friday night.

“A lot of people self-evacuated,” Mr Roffey said.

“We had 37 priority jobs with elderly and infirm people but it was all over by Saturday morning.”

Coffs Creek at Grafton Street reached 4.4m on Friday night; well below the height of 5.1m it reached on March 31 (the 1996 storm saw a height of 5.4m)

The evacuation centre at Coffs Ex-Services Club and the emergency operations centre closed down after Saturday.

Mr Roffey said about 100 SES volunteers form Yamba, Urunga, Grafton, Coffs Harbour and Rural Fire Service brigades had helped to share the load of storm call outs.



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