HERE COMES THE RAIN AGAIN
BIG WET: Emergency services prepare for a second storm deluge
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