Marc Stapelberg

Fallen tree blocks ambos

A HUGE tree blocked the path of an ambulance transporting a nursing home resident to hospital as heavy rain and strong winds lashed the Northern Rivers yesterday.

When police, paramedics and the SES arrived at St Josephs Nursing Home (formerly Oznam Villa), on Dibb St, East Lismore at 12.50pm, they found a huge gum tree on a visitor's car.

Another ambulance took the resident to hospital. The resident remained in a stable condition.

SES volunteers removed the smaller limbs with a chainsaw before a crane lifted the trunk off.

Power was cut to about 5600 customers in the Goonellabah area for 10 minutes from 2.15pm.

Late yesterday a developing low pressure system off the coast that was tracking north-east was predicted to produce heavy rain, thunderstorms, gusty winds and flash flooding across the region.

The Bureau predicted a greater than 70% chance of minor flooding in the Brunswick, Wilsons and Richmond River valleys today.



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