Yamba?s winter of discon-tent
By Adrian Miller
While the rain was annoying and uncomfortable for most of us yesterday, people camping in Yamba's caravan parks bore the brunt of the wet and windy weather.
John and Simone Mason and their son Tanner were camping in Yamba's Calypso Caravan Park when the heavy rain started. Mr Mason said they had planned to spend the week in the tent, but with the water pouring down, they decided to upgrade to a cabin.
It was a good decision because by yesterday morning, the tent was filled with water.
"We had been in there for two days but shifted out when everything started getting wet," Mr Mason said yesterday.
"I went back to look at it this morning and the water was about a foot deep inside."
While the Masons managed to move all their gear, one Yamba resident was extremely worried about his house.
Van Isaacson, who lives on Yamba Road, was concerned because his house sits below the level of the road.
"I'm a bit below the road level, and I can't get rid of the water," he said.
"We are in a flood prone area and it just can't drain away, it's very worrying."
He said in the 14 years he had been living there he had never seen higher water levels and, if the forecasts were accurate, his house could go under.
"I've just heard it's continuing for another 24 hours and I thought 'God, strewth, I might not last that long'."
Yamba SES unit controller Howard Risby said the unit was called out to 17 jobs throughout the day, although no major damage was caused.
"Mainly we had to supply sandbags, stop water ingressing into houses and we put up a couple of tarps as well," he said.