Roads closed as rivers rise
WHILE yesterday saw a break from the heavy showers which drenched the Clarence Valley earlier in the week, local river systems continued to rise and there are predictions of more rain on the way.
As of last night, the Clarence River at Grafton was sitting on a moderate flood warning with a height of 4.4m expected sometime overnight.
Maclean was also expected to experience minor flooding this morning, with the river predicted to reach a height of 1.8m by 10am.
The Orara River at Glenreagh was also continuing to rise last night, with a moderate flood peak of 11.8m expected at around 10pm.
An SES spokeswoman yesterday said the rivers were rising more quickly than expected and local crews were keeping a close eye on the situation.
There were some signs the floodwaters may soon begin to subside, with gauges on the upper Clarence River at Baryulgil and Tabulam falling last night. There had also been a general easing of rain throughout the Valley.
Meanwhile the area's swollen rivers, creeks and general wet weather continued to play havoc with roads and highways yesterday.
The Gwydir Hwy was blocked in both directions from Wednesday night to about noon yesterday after a landslip in the Glen Elgin area.
The Pacific Hwy near Corindi was also completely blocked yesterday afternoon and was reduced to alternating traffic just north of Grafton due to water covering the road.
The Wooli road remained cut by water yesterday while the Ulmarra and Lawrence ferries were out of action due to the swollen Clarence River.
While yesterday saw a reprieve from constant rain, a Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) official said wet weather was likely to linger until the weekend and possibly into next week.
For the latest river heights and flood warning information, visit bom.nsw.gov.au.
For information about highway closures, visit rta.nsw.gov.au. Information about local road closures can be found at clarence.nsw.gov.au.