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Clarence Valley Troopers step in to help flood victims

Armidale university student Tom Granleese clears flood debris from Clarendon Farm near Ulmarra.
Armidale university student Tom Granleese clears flood debris from Clarendon Farm near Ulmarra.

DAIRY farmer Trevor Want would still be cleaning up his flood-affected property near Ulmarra if it wasn't for the Clarence Valley Troopers.

"It was really encouraging to have the people come out and help and the people who turned up were really careful and hard working," he said.

"They were terrific organisers and everything went smoothly. It was hot; it was really brave of them."

Mr Want said the group covered an area of about 10 hectares and achieved in one day what would have taken him and his family a week or more.

The band of volunteers led by Fran Munce, was brought together via Facebook and has helped out at properties around the Clarence Valley including Lawrence, Brushgrove, Grafton and Copmanhurst.

Despite the trying conditions, Ms Munce said bringing the group together - including people from Casino, Foster and Armidale - was worth the effort.

"The smiles on their faces tell you everything was very appreciated," she said.

"I just really want to thank everyone who has volunteered their own time, I'm really appreciative."

The troopers were still at it yesterday with Ms Munce still looking for more volunteers and people in need.

Go to the Clarence Valley Troopers Facebook page or email clarencevalleytroopers@yahoo.com.au.

Topics:  clean-up ex-tropical cyclone oswald flood



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