PUDDLE SURFING: Steven Beencke (left) and Mitch Goulding, of Evans Head, make the most of the wet weather event.
PUDDLE SURFING: Steven Beencke (left) and Mitch Goulding, of Evans Head, make the most of the wet weather event. Samantha Elley

Weather’s a drawcard

HUGE winds and pelting rain earlier this week weren't going to keep Evans Head residents indoors when there was a huge weather system to see.

A steady stream of cars slowly made their way to vantage points at Shark Bay and Razorback Lookout on the south side of the coastal town to check out the large swell.

The sea foam and dirty water being churned up at Shark Bay were likened to a chocolate milkshake by one young observer.

Spectators at the lookout had to hold on tight as gusting winds threatened to bowl even the hardiest sightseers off their feet.

Hundreds of dinner plate-sized jellyfish had also fallen victim to the weather event, having been washed ashore and stretching as far as the eye could see along a very deserted Main Beach at Evans Head.

Early on Monday morning Woodburn SES controller Jim McCormack said the SES was coping with the number of calls that had been coming in.

"Locally we are fine, just having done a re-tarping job to a roof in Woodburn," he said.

"We've had trees across the road at Reardons Lane in Swan Bay and along the Evans Head-Broadwater Road.

"We also had to do a flood rescue on Wyrallah Road."

Later that day Mr McCormack said the day had been full of lulls and high activity.

"We're disappointed that the rain is continuing to linger," he said.

"On the bureau website it appears clear and yet it's still raining.

"My contacts down in Rappville and Whiporie said now that tanks and dams were full, the rain could go away."

The major concern for the SES, however, has been the wind, with gusts of 35kmh in Evans Head causing quite a bit of damage.

"We've had tree jobs to do, and a garage door has blown in, all in Evans Head," Mr McCormack said.

"Also, the part of the new roof of the CWA building in Woodburn that didn't get tarped in the Woodburn storm has now been blown off and is lying on the tarped part of the roof.

"Wind is our biggest enemy at the moment."



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