ROAD TOLL: The notoriously dangerous Bangalow Road has been made even more so by the recent heavy rains. Picture: BRENDEN ALLEN
ROAD TOLL: The notoriously dangerous Bangalow Road has been made even more so by the recent heavy rains. Picture: BRENDEN ALLEN

Keep the gumboots handy

By Jamie Brown

WE MAY see a few patches of blue sky over the next few days, but SES controller Scott Hanckel reckons the best way to dry your laundry is to hang it up indoors.

Bureau of Meteorology forecasters are expecting rain periods today and showers for the rest of the week, with Thursday afternoon looking best for mowing the lawn – if your machine can handle the damp grass!

Surfers will be looking eastward to a steady line of swell produced from cyclone Gene, which will dip south and east of New Zealand’s North Island today.

Again, Thursday and Friday look to be the best days to catch a wave, with winds blowing from the south-west on Thursday as a different coastal low develops south of Sydney.

For farmers on the Mid-Richmond there is so much water lying on the ground that gumboots are the order of the day, and Mr Hanckel says it is critical that no more low pressure systems dump rain on our already soggy catchment.

Whether that is the case or not remains to be seen, as we enter the historically wettest month of the season in a year that is experiencing the dampest La Nina since the 1970s.

As heavy rain eased yesterday, flash flooding of roads in the Byron and Ballina shires drained away.

But Mr Hanckel says low-lying roads in the Bungawalbyn and Deep Creek catchments will remain flood-affected for several days.

Helicopter support, called in on Monday in case conditions deteriorated, has been cancelled but the SES is still urging caution when dealing with standing water on roadways.

While there are plenty of homes covered with temporary tarps, protecting damage done from the hailstorm last October, Mr Hanckel said the SES had been relieved of looking after those uninsured homes not facing an emergency.

This move follows an agreement between State Government and the NSW Department of Commerce, which allowed paid contractors to maintain those temporary structures.



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