The Bellingen River swollen after days of heavy rain.
The Bellingen River swollen after days of heavy rain. AAP

Council moves in to repair damage

THE sun shone across the Clarence Valley yesterday, but roads and bridges around Coutts Crossing remained underwater, continuing to isolate about 70 families.

SES Nymboida crews used a boat to deliver food to about eight families who had been cut off by floodwaters.

Acting unit controller Ricky Corcoran said with any luck, water would continue to recede and the roads would be clear by tomorrow morning.

“Hopefully we won't need anymore food drops,” he said.

Yesterday, the Orara River had fallen below the minor flood level at the Glenreagh Bridge and by the afternoon, Bluff Bridge, at Orara Way, was also clear.

The clean-up has already begun with Clarence Valley Council workers inspecting flood-damaged roads towards Glenreagh yesterday.

Council operations manager Tim Jenkins said council would request the most southern part of the shire be declared a disaster zone

“We are trying to work out a dollar figure and should have an estimate in the next day or so,” he said. “Depending how much it is, we will approach the State Government.”

Glenugie resident Graham Reilly was full of praise for the clean-up, after Six Mile Lane was repaired the day after the road began to wash away.

“They were on it quickly,” he said.

Mr Jenkins said roads would be repaired immediately where access was a problem, but he could not say how long the clean-up would take.

SES Clarence Nambucca controller Peter Stevens said the Clarence River was not expected to rise significantly.

The weather bureau yesterday predicted scattered showers and thunderstorms until the end of the weekend.

Visit www.clarence.nsw.gov.au/cmst/cvc009/roads.asp to view a full list of local road closures.



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