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Clarence on flood watch

Taking cover: Clarence River Sailing Club member Peter Zietsch takes his boat to higher ground in case of flooding of the clubhouse alongside the Clarence River over the next few days.
Taking cover: Clarence River Sailing Club member Peter Zietsch takes his boat to higher ground in case of flooding of the clubhouse alongside the Clarence River over the next few days. Debrah Novak

WITH the Clarence and Orara rivers on flood watch and heavy rain predicted tomorrow and Monday, the question has been asked if the Clarence is going to see its levels rise.

Clarence/Nambucca State Emergency Service Controller Caroline Ortel says the SES is on flood watch and will be monitoring the Clarence and Orara rivers carefully during the next couple of days.

“The rain predicted for Thursday night and Friday morning was actually a lot lighter than first thought, and we are hoping that is the case on Sunday and Monday.

“What we are preparing for is minor to moderate flooding of the Clarence and the Orara (rivers).

“We are expecting outlying towns and villages to have some difficulty with low-lying access roads being cut, however, Grafton as a town centre should not be greatly affected at this stage.”

Senior meteorologist at The Weather Channel Dick Whitaker said that there has been a fair amount of rain in the area, so people should pay attention to flood warnings and any direction given by the Bureau of Meteorology and the SES.

“Ballina was the hardest hit in the North Coast area with 147mm during the 24 hours period ending at 9am on Friday. Grafton had 54mm and Yamba 67mm.

“Any falls in excess of 50mm are of great concern and are likely to occur over the weekend.

“While the Clarence does not have a flood warning at this stage, it is not out of the question that one may surface over the weekend.

“The heavy rain is expected to ease to showers and thunderstorms today but further heavy falls could return to the region tomorrow,” he said.

“The majority of rain on the east coast, however, is still coming down in the south-east corner or Queensland, around Brisbane.”

People are advised to regularly check the Bureau of Meteorology weather warnings page on the internet, which can be found at www.bom.gov.au and they should also listen for warnings on their local radio.



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