Lavenders Bridge at Bellingen has now re-opened but roads across the region remain closed due to flooding.
Lavenders Bridge at Bellingen has now re-opened but roads across the region remain closed due to flooding. Leigh Jensen

Traffic chaos on the Coast

TRAFFIC on the Coffs Coast has been plunged into chaos, with floodwaters making many roads unpassable.

Local commuters, tourists and truck drivers had little option but to sit and wait it out with the Pacific Highway cut north of Coffs Harbour.

A spokesman for the NSW Transport Management Centre said the highway was closed in both directions between Halfway Creek and Maclean while traffic was getting through at Blackadder Creek north of Corindi.

The Orara Way between Coffs Harbour and Grafton has also been declared a no-go zone for the time being.

The northbound highway lanes at Mororo near Iluka were also cut and the Gwydir Highway west of Grafton was another area to steer clear of.

Road crews were also monitoring the Bruxner Highway around Tabulam.

Elsewhere, a woman pregnant with twins was to be airlifted to safety yesterday morning after she was isolated by floodwaters at Taylors Arm.

Nambucca Heads paramedics contacted their local SES for an escort from Macksville to Taylors Arm about 10.30am to reach the 26-year-old, who needed medical treatment.

Nambucca Shire SES local controller Richard Townend confirmed Taylors Arm Road remained cut by floodwaters yesterday but side tracks were open.

All other roads in the shire remained open, he said.

Coffs Harbour City SES crews were yesterday working alongside their colleagues in floodboats on the Clarence River to help flood victims. They were dispatched to Grafton, Ulmarra, Cowper and Brushgrove.

The Mid North Coast Rural Fire Service yesterday dispatched four trucks and 17 personnel from Coffs Harbour to Grafton to help the flood effort.

A Public Information Inquiry Centre is now up and running to take calls about flood-affected northern NSW.

You can contact the centre on 1800 227 228.

For emergency flood and storm assistance, contact the SES on 132 500.

Anyone thinking about visiting flooded areas should cancel their trip, according to senior police.

Acting Deputy Commissioner Mark Murdoch said the situation was being continually monitored.

“Conditions are likely to worsen over coming days with further flooding expected,” Mr Murdoch said.

“We are pleading with the public not to make the job harder for the emergency services in the area by putting yourself in harm’s way.”



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