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Man dies in floodwater

Coffs/Clarence Local Area Commander and Local Emergency Operations Controller Superintendent Mark Holahan said the driving tragedy could have been
Coffs/Clarence Local Area Commander and Local Emergency Operations Controller Superintendent Mark Holahan said the driving tragedy could have been File

A MAN has died attempting to cross a flood-affected road at Coutts Crossing, just south of Grafton.

The 66-year-old man from Coutts Crossing was driving towards Grafton and tried to drive across a low-lying flood-affected road about 9.50pm Tuesday.

Police said the car he was driving was swamped in floodwater 1.6 metres deep.

It appeared the man got out of the car and entered the water before being swept into a culvert and washed underneath the roadway.

A passing motorist spotted the car in the water, stopped and searched for the driver.

Police were called and also searched for the man, finding his body about 5m from the car. Officers tried to revive the man, but without success.

Police were preparing a report for the coroner.

Coffs/Clarence Local Area Commander and Local Emergency Operations Controller Superintendent Mark Holahan said the tragedy could have been avoided.

"Along with the NSW State Emergency Service we have been urging people whether they are driving, walking or riding, to never enter flood-affected areas," he said.

"Our simple message is if it is flooded, forget it."

"With rain continuing to fall we are urging the community not to take risks, to listen to the emergency services and to take care," he said.

Anyone needing emergency assistance during a flood or storm should call the NSW State Emergency Service on 132 500 or visit their website www.ses.nsw.gov.au.

For the latest on road closures members of the community can visit www.livetraffic.com or http://www.myroadinfo.com.au.

For a range of flood-related information, go to www.emergency.nsw.gov.au.

In an emergency, phone 000.

Topics:  death flood road vehicle



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