Bangalow Cup cancelled due to wet

BALLINA Jockey Club has cancelled today’s Bangalow Cup Race Day.

Chief executive Sarah Wills said there were no plans at this stage to hold the race day at a later date.

“We’ve had to simply abandon the day due to the weather and the state of the track,” she said.

The weather bureau issued a severe weather warning yesterday of showers and isolated thunderstorms which could lead to local flooding for the Northern Rivers district today.

SES volunteer Bill Goldie said drivers should be particularly cautious, and drive to conditions. “The roads are very slippery and people need to drive carefully,” he said.

Ballina coastguard volunteer Jim Yeo said the bar at Ballina was in a very bad condition and it wasn’t recommended that any vessels go out or come in.

“The wind has picked up to about 20 to 25 knots,” he said.

Since midnight on Saturday to Sunday afternoon Mr Yeo said they had 57mm of rain, including the hour loss with daylight saving.

“All beaches except Byron Bay were closed for some period of time due to dangerous conditions, high winds and treacherous rips,” said Far North Coast Surf Life Saving emergency service coordinator Jimmy Keogh.

The Evans Head Long Board Invitational also found conditions very difficult, according to organiser Phil Roxburgh.

“We had to cancel our Fleas and Ants events which were the kids’ activities,” he said.



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