The Coffs Coast Advocate

Some still stranded by floods

SOME Coffs Coast residents are still stranded due to last week's floods and they could remain isolated until the end of the week, according to the SES.

More than 1000 residents remain cut off after freak rainfalls on Tuesday devastated the area, with Coffs Harbour, Bellingen, Clarence Valley and Nambucca declared natural disaster zones.

A State Emergency Service (SES) spokesman said on Sunday that the majority of the 1000 residents affected would have their access restored within the next 24 to 48 hours.

However, a small number would be stranded for some time yet, he said.

“There are a couple of people way, way out in the valleys there who may be out for most of this week.

“It's only a small number, but we're doing a helicopter drop of some supplies early tomorrow (Monday).”

Most residents in Bellbrook should be out of isolation within the next 48 hours, while those in Darkwood should have their access restored on Monday.

The SES spokesman said light rain was continuing to fall in the region, but it was not expected to cause floodwaters to rise again. Most northern NSW communities isolated by the floodwaters were rejoined to the rest of the country by late Saturday, as the massive clean-up continues.

  • FLOODING left Coffs Harbour Health Campus cut off on Tuesday, trapping hundreds of patients and staff and ruining medical records.

More than 500 people were caught at Coffs Harbour Health Campus when floodwaters rose about 4pm on Tuesday, including day patients, visitors and staff.

North Coast Area Health Service chief executive, Chris Crawford, said the only way in or out of the health campus was by 4WD, but patient safety was assured.

Missing Livestock

FARMERS missing livestock since the floods are being advised to contact their council to notify the rangers.

Rangers will need to know approximate number of stock missing, the colour of the missing stock and the address of the property from which they are missing.

A number of animals have already been recovered that need to be returned to owners.

Contact Bellingen Shire Council on 6655 7300 during work hours or 0458 594 060.

Coffs Harbour City Council can be contacted on a 24-hour emergency line on 6648 4000.

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