Rugby work to blame

SOME Yamba residents have blamed earthworks at the Yamba Oval for the flood on Tuesday that closed off Coldstream Street.

After more than 120 millimetres of rain fell overnight, a lake of water stretched from the Yamba golf course, across the bottom of the rugby ground and over Coldstream Road, blocking off access to the Yamba Squash Courts and Aston Motel for most of the morning.

Brendan Nash, from the Aston, said he had noticed water hadn't been draining properly in the area since fill had been added to the fields last year.

“I think the big drainage system needs cleaning out because it's definitely getting worse,” Mr Nash said.

“One of our cleaners has been working here for nine years and this is only the second time she hasn't been able to get to work because of flooding.”

Mr Nash said he had taken photos of the flood, called 'Lake Aston', to send to Clarence Valley Council as evidence.

A council spokesperson said it had no immediate answers to the overnight flooding. Council would be looking into the problem immediately.

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