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Potholes make a bumpy ride after downpour

HOLY MOLY: Aaron Buchanan snapped this photo of Yamba Rd at Palmer’s Island on Wednesday evening.
HOLY MOLY: Aaron Buchanan snapped this photo of Yamba Rd at Palmer’s Island on Wednesday evening.

MOTORISTS had a wild ride crossing Yamba Rd at Palmer's Island after torrential rain pounded the unsealed road, leaving it peppered in potholes.

For those in low-riding vehicles it was near impossible to get out of first gear, and some even took to zig-zagging into the opposite lane to avoid large ditches.

The Clarence Valley Council, which has been working on the 800m stretch of road for the past three months, attempted to level the road on Thursday and will continue Friday.

Council works and civil director Troy Anderson said crews aimed to get dry gravel onto the road as a temporary fix.

"We're going to be working on the road (Thurdsday) and today to make sure it is more trafficable and, weather permitting, start compacting it next week to get it ready for sealing," Mr Anderson said.

The council hopes to start sealing the road next week.

"At this stage the weather forecast for next week is pretty good, so we're hoping that will hold," Mr Anderson said.

"We understand the road condition over the past few days has been poor and we are pulling out all stops to get it fixed as soon as possible."

Motorists using the road are advised to slow down, take caution and drive to the conditions.

Topics:  clarence valley, potholes, rain, roads

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