Showers but no flood
IT HAS been just under a year since residents of the Clarence Valley were urged to evacuate due to rising floodwater, and the rain looks like it has set in for May 2010 as well.
While showers are forecast for the next couple of days, local weather watcher Reg Bultitude said that we should end up in a much better situation than we were in this time last year.
“The system that has caused the rain over the past couple of days is moving south, so we should finish up much better this year,” Reg said yesterday.
“There is a cold front moving though to replace it.”
Last year’s flood, which peaked at 7.3 meters, was caused by a heavy east coast low.
The waters were expected to peak at 7.8 metres and the State Emergency Service urged about 20 000 Clarence Valley residents to evacuate the area with fears that the waters would break the levy walls.
“At the moment we are experiencing fairly normal weather patters for May, so I don’t think anything disastrous is headed our way in the next little while,” Reg said.
While Grafton experienced about 15 millimetres of rain yesterday, according to Reg’s gauge, cities further north received much-higher rainfall.
“They really copped it up north, so hopefully that system will move out to sea before coming down to us,” Reg said.
Yamba received about 52 mm in a 24-hour period, while Tweed Heads, Murwillumbah and Mullumbimby all received more than 100 mm.
Showers have been forecast for today and tomorrow, with wet weather to start up again next week.