IT SEEMS the worst of the weather is over on the Coffs Coast - at least for the moment.   

Working through the night to cope with the high winds and flying debris was State Emergency Services Coffs Harbour City Unit Controller Bill Roffey and his team,  

"Basically, the wind blew and trees fell down," Mr Roffey said.  

"There were some on Pine Creek Way and in Bonville, some big ones in Coramba. They're not all cleared as yet, but we're working on it."  

Yesterday saw a full day of activity for the SES, including a rescue in the Orara Valley, where the Orara River has been issued with a moderate flood warning.  

"A vehicle full of younger people got stuck between Dingo's Creek and Friday's Creek; we went and got them out - they were wet but they're safe," Mr Roffey said.  

Mr Roffey said the Coffs Harbour City Council's flood mitigation system had helped tremendously.  

"It's working a treat - we get updates every five minutes or so, basically live info from 11 gauges around town, including information on creek heights," he said.  

After a days of heavy rain, Mr Roffey praised the actions of locals in looking after themselves and each other.  

"The way people here self help is amazing - they just get in and do it. A couple of anonymous young guys over at Brelsford Park spent yesterday helping out, filling bags with sand. We don't know who they were but they deserve a mention."  

Unlike the easing of weather in Coffs Harbour, Grafton hasn't been so lucky, with a major flood warning issued for the Clarence Valley. The highway remains closed between Grafton and Ballina, with evacuation orders issued for Ulmarra, Brushgrove, and Cowper.   

For more information go to ses.nsw.gov.au.



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