All eyes on the rising Orara River


FLOOD warnings were issued yesterday as the Orara River near Glenreagh continued to swell, several hours after a car narrowly missed falling into the river on Bluff Bridge.

At 8am yesterday wet conditions contributed to a 2001 Hyundai Accent slipping from the road, skidding five metres in mud just before Bluff Bridge, 2km from Kungala.

A guard rail proved the saviour, stopping the car from falling down a steep slope of moss rocks into the Orara River.

An ambulance was called to the location and the female passenger was taken to the Grafton Base Hospital where she was treated for minor injuries.

A resident of the area, Terry Flanagan, who arrived at the scene shortly after the accident, said the incident could have been a lot worse.

"It floods here maybe three or four times a year, there was only one time in 2001 when I was really worried and that was when my wife was ill," he said.

Mr Flanagan was stocking up on groceries due to the threat of the flood before returning home at around midday.

The Bureau of Meteorology technical officer, Greg Crow, said the showers and strong winds the Valley was experiencing were forecast until midnight tonight when they were predicted to subside.

"There are more showers on our radar, the rain is being caused by a low 100 kilometres off Fraser Island and a high in the Tasman Sea with converging winds," he said. "This kind of weather is typical for March."

Mr Crow said there were no immediate warnings for the Cl

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