HERE COMES THE RAIN AGAIN

BIG WET: Emer­gency ser­vices pre­pare for a sec­ond storm del­uge

The Coffs Coast Advocate - - FRONT PAGE -

AS flood­wa­ters re­ceded yesterday af­ter Wed­nes­day’s mas­sive del­uge, the Bureau of Me­te­o­rol­ogy warned a sec­ond in­un­da­tion would hit the Coffs Coast.

It was a slight re­prieve for Coffs City State Emer­gency Ser­vice crews who re­sponded to more than 70 call-outs this week.

The bureau ad­vised a sec­ond trough is form­ing over the north coast prompt­ing a sec­ond flood watch to be is­sued for Coffs Creek, the Orara and Bellinger rivers.

AS THE sun broke through over­cast skies yesterday the north coast was told to brace it­self for a sec­ond on­slaught of tor­ren­tial rain and thun­der­storms.

A sec­ond flood watch was is­sued for Coffs Creek and the Bellinger and Orara rivers af­ter Wed­nes­day be­came the Coffs Coast’s wettest day of the year to date.

Falls up to 200mm were recorded in Sawtell and most sub­urbs of Coffs Har­bour saw falls in ex­cess of 100mm.

The Bureau of Me­te­o­rol­ogy has is­sued a fur­ther warn­ing to pre­pare for flash flood­ing.

An­other trough off the north coast de­vel­oped yesterday, bring­ing fur­ther down­pours.

“We’re go­ing to see some re­newed heavy rain­fall along the same ar­eas im­pacted over the last cou­ple of days ... I guess our par­tic­u­lar fo­cus is around the mid north coast – Coffs Har­bour, the Bellinger/Nam­bucca and also the Wil­sons (River) at Lis­more is a con­cern as well,” BOM’s Justin Robinson said.

How­ever, Mr Robinson said BOM’s flood watch, stretch­ing all the way to the Man­ning and in­clud­ing the Hast­ings and Ma­cleay river val­leys, would re­main.

Sawtell has been the wettest place in New South Wales this week, with tor­ren­tial rain dump­ing 300mm over three days.

A whop­ping 230mm buck­eted down in the 24 hours to Wed­nes­day night alone as the NSW mid north coast and north­ern rivers re­gion copped a del­uge.

Pic­tures of ve­hi­cles nav­i­gat­ing wheel-arch high flood­wa­ters on the Coffs Coast and im­ages of a float­ing Holden Com­modore aban­doned in wa­ter off Hog­bin Dr were shared across the coun­try.

As the heavy rain fell Coffs Har­bour City SES crews re­sponded to more than 70 re­quests for as­sis­tance with ma­jor­ity be­ing leak­ing roofs.

The tor­ren­tial rain across the state left SES crews re­spond­ing to 132 in­ci­dents in to­tal.

Falls of up to 100mm are ex­pected in Coffs Har­bour to­day.

❝ Our fo­cus is around the mid north coast, Coffs Har­bour, Bellinger and Nam­bucca.

HAD ENOUGH: Norm Min­ter, a res­i­dent of a unit block at 69 Boro­nia St, Sawtell is fed up. The prop­erty which backs onto Chi­na­man’s creek, has been in­un­dated with two feet of wa­ter this week. It’s the third flood­ing in the 16 years he has lived there. Dur­ing heavy rain­fall wa­ter flows down El­iz­a­beth and Boro­nia Sts, pool­ing into the garages. Norm be­lieves if the land was cleared around the creek it would les­son the prob­lem.

PHOTO: TREVOR VEALE

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