Greasy roads are a hazard

AFTER several days of drenching weather our wet and greasy roads were being blamed for at least two accidents yesterday.

A male motorcyclist came off his bike at the corner of Tuckombil Road and Byrnes Lane, Tuckombil, yesterday afternoon after he slipped on a patch of spilt diesel.

Ambulance staff said he was taken to the Lismore Base Hospital with chest and head injuries.

He was reported to be in a serious but stable condition.

An empty semitrailer jack-knifed on the Bruxner Highway as it was heading towards Lismore from Parrots Nest Hill, colliding with a car waiting at the Coraki Road intersection.

Neither driver was hurt, but Coraki resident Gary Herne, who was caught up in the traffic jam that followed, said the corner was a known black spot having claimed at least four lives in recent years.

“I know this corner too well,” he said. “There is a bit of a blind spot, especially when turning left off the Coraki Road.

More than 250mm of rain fell in the Bungawalbyn and Deep Creek catchments west of Coraki, leading to minor flooding which was expected to peak at four metres at Coraki last night.

The rain cut low-lying roads throughout the district, especially around Tatham and west of Coraki. The deluge gave the new website my roadinfo.com.au an excellent trial run.

But the threat of floods didn’t worry Coraki resident Karen Foye, who said she used to pray for a flood.

“It’s usually a very social time,” she said. “The baker bakes all night and people go to the pub next day. It’s a big party.”

Fellow resident Ann Faint praised Coraki’s ability to unite during a flood.

“I wouldn’t says we celebrate floods,” she said. “But the community as a whole comes together.”

The day before run-off from torrential rain meant Ms Faint had to enter her home with her shoes in one hand and an umbrella in the other.

But yesterday even holiday-makers staying at the Coraki Caravan Park were returning to their sites after the threat of serious flooding had passed.

“We spent last night parked on Richmond Terrace, but we moved back on to the riverbank today as the threat eased,” said West Australian tourist Cheryl Phillips. “Right now we’re just trying to get the washing done.”

FORECAST/RAINFALL

• Richmond River has peaked at minor flood level.

• Showers for the rest of the week.

• Saturated catchment susceptible to future flooding.



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