Deluge leaves $150,000 damage bill



THE State Government has declared a 'natural disaster' on the NSW North Coast following significant damage from heavy rains and floods over the past week.

Emergency Services Minister Tony Kelly made the declaration yesterday.

The disaster area takes in the shires of Clarence, Bellingen, Coffs Harbour, Nambucca.

All areas have suffered significant damage from heavy rains and floods over the past week.

Clarence Valley Council manager roads and transport Tim Jenkins said most of the damage was experienced in the south-east corner of the Valley.

He said there was road damage at Glenugie and damage caused to the approaches at Six Mile Lane.

"A number of other roads were damaged ... we've still got roads under water so it's a bit hard to tell exactly how much damage there is at the moment, but it's about $100,000 to $150,000 worth," he said.

Mr Kelly said declaring a natural disaster triggered a range of assistance for residents, business owners, and councils whose properties were damaged in the flooding and storms.

"In particular it ensures that councils will be reimbursed for the cost of repairing public infrastructure," Mr Kelly said.

Mr Kelly acknowledged the 'marvellous job' done by local State Emergency Service volunteers and other emergency service workers.

"Their hard work deserves the highest praise," Mr Kelly said.



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