Henson Sawmilling owner Rod Henson in front of some of the water still in his timber yard after recent rain.
Henson Sawmilling owner Rod Henson in front of some of the water still in his timber yard after recent rain. Adam Hourigan

Rain's pain

THE Clarence Valley has enjoyed a few sunny days this week, giving a reprieve to many commercial and sporting activities hit by the extended wet spell.

Vince Castle of the Cane Growers Association said for the first time in his memory the Maclean Show would go ahead without a sugar cane exhibition. Some of the most prominent exhibitors of past years have been hit hard by the heavy rain he said.

The Maclean Bobcats Soccer club is hoping the weather holds today so it can play its first senior game of the season.

Four rounds of competition have been unplayable due to the sodden fields at Barry Watts Oval, according to president Mick Corbett. The club would be chasing the lost rounds by playing on Sundays as well, he said.

The Clarence Valley Council has also been “chasing its tail” to get on top of the number of potholes appearing in roads across the district, said operations manager Tim Jenkins.

Sections of road were just falling apart due to continued saturation.

The other side of the problem is that scheduled road works and upgrades can't progress because of heavy rains.

The backlog of pending works just keeps growing in extended periods of bad weather.

“Getting through the backlog depends on the rains and we have heard there is a 25% chance of above average falls through to August,” Mr Jenkins said.

Henson Sawmilling has tried to protect itself from ongoing bad weather by stockpiling logs but it is still adversely affected by the weather because markets have stopped buying due to the heavy rain, said boss Rod Henson.

“We were sending a dozen loads per week to Brisbane but this has dropped to two, and next week there'll be none,” he said.

More than 75 millimetres of rain fell on Henson Sawmilling at Mountain View on Tuesday night alone.

April rainfall in Yamba was 442mm, above the 162mm average. In Grafton April rainfall was 118mm, above the average of 88mm.



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