Grafton flood photos and update

The scene from Mountain View lookout, Grafton.
The scene from Mountain View lookout, Grafton. David Bromell
THE township of Grafton and the surrounding areas of Ulmurra, Cowper, and Bushgrove in northern New South Wales remain underwater after the Clarence River peaked near 7.4 metres around 5.30am on Saturday, creating major flooding.

As a result - residents of Grafton and South Grafton were evacuated to Coffs Harbour, while those living in the Bushgrove and Maclean areas were bussed out to Ballina.

Catherine Moyle, a spokesperson for the SES says people can expect the river to remain at this major peak level on Monday, adding they're uncertain as to when residents can return to their homes, despite the evacuation order for the areas being lifted.

Ms Moyle adds that while some people in Grafton and South Grafton are able to return home; people who live in the Ulmurra and Bushgrove areas are unable to return due to the Pacific Highway being closed.

"Those who have stayed in their homes are still isolated by floodwaters," Ms Moyle said. "So the SES will focus on giving them supplies of food by boat."

People are also reminded to keep an eye on the SES website for updates, and if they need emergency assistance to call the SES on 132 500.

The Liberty service station on the Pacific Highway at South Grafton. Photo: George Holmes

Bunnings and Hungry Jacks are flooded in Iolanthe Street, South Grafton. Photo: George Holmes

View from the Crown Hotel, Grafton. Photo: David Bromell

The scene from the lookout at Mountain View, Grafton. Photo: David Bromell

Junction hill at Grafton. Photo: David Bromell

A view of Junction Hill from Martian Crescent, Grafton. Photo: David Bromell

Grafton flooding. Photo: Dennis O'Donnell

Photo: John O'Donnell

Debris laps at the shore. Photo: John O'Donnell

Photo: John O'Donnell

Photo: John O'Donnell

Photo: Dennis O'Donnell

Photo: Dennis O'Donnell

Photo: Dennis O'Donnell

The Grafton Rowing Club shed disappears under flood water. Photo: Dennis O'Donnell

McFarlane Bridge heading to the Lawrence Ferry in Maclean. Photo: Michael Jeffery

The showground in Maclean disappears under flood water. Photo: Michael Jeffery

Wherret Park in Maclean becomes a pond. Photo: Michael Jeffery

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