Wave forecast for Sunday, June 4 at 10pm when conditions are expected to peak along the coast of NSW.
Wave forecast for Sunday, June 4 at 10pm when conditions are expected to peak along the coast of NSW. Caitlan Charles

Coastal areas on alert for damaging surf, beach erosion

COASTAL areas of the Clarence Valley are on high alert with the threat of heavy rainfall, floods, strong winds and large swells looming.

Anne Mare from the Yuraygir Wooli SES said she had been out all morning informing the community about the possible weather conditions.

"I've been out at Minnie Water this morning getting the latest information to the caravan park and shops of the issue," she said.

"I'm in the process of notifying all the business in Wooli so they can tell their clientele."

Ms Mare has also made her way through the national park, informing the people she came across of the weather predictions.

"I have a crew ready to go if and when it happens," she said.

Ms Mare said everyone needs to put loose objects away, put cars under shelters, ensure pets are looked after and warned people not to drive through water on the roads.

I took this photo last Saturday when a large swell was pounding.
I took this photo last Saturday when a large swell was pounding. Stephen Otton

Wooli is expecting large swells over the weekend accompanied by a king tide.

"We are expecting big storm swells of 5 to 7 metres, a kind tide of 2.05 metres," Ms Mare said.

"With the high swells and high tide stay off the beach all together and be careful on the rock wall," she warned locals.

Deputy Unit Commander of the Wooli Marine Rescue Marty Hutchings echoed Ms Mare's words saying people shouldn't plan to go out to sea.

"All off shore activities should be cancelled this weekend, the bar will be extremely dangerous," Mr Hutchings said.

"If you do go out to sea, people have to risk their lives to go get them.

"It's no use, you're endangering your life, you are endangering the live of people who have to go an get you."

Mr Hutchings also warned of the risk of high tides in combination with the storm surge.

"Anyone seeking water activities should monitor the weather closely on the major websites."

Unit Controller of the Yamba SES Wayne Fraser said all SES units in the Clarence Nambucca region had a teleconference last night.

"We had our debrief yesterday at 5pm but I'll probably know not much more until it happens," Mr Fraser said about what to expect from the converging storm cells.

"You can have everything in place for a major event and nothing happens... every unit has their allocation of sandbags and people but if nothing happens nothing happens."



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