Flood waters subside under the bridge that spans the Clarence River at Tabulam.
Flood waters subside under the bridge that spans the Clarence River at Tabulam. Jay Cronan

Flooding keeps properties isolated

SOME Northern Rivers communities and individual properties will remain isolated for more than a week despite floodwaters easing across the region, the State Emergency Service has said.

The comments came as NSW Premier, Kristina Keneally announced a member of her department, Diane Crosdale, had been given the job or co-ordinating flood recovery efforts for the North Coast.

While residents at Tabulam, Bonalbo, Old Bonalbo, Urbenville, and Tenterfield were now able to get in and out of their properties, residents around Ewingar and an indigenous community near Tabulam as well as many individual properties remained isolated.

A spokesman for the Richmond-Tweed SES said Ewingar and properties between it and Tabulam could remain isolated for more than a week. A resident on an organic soy farm south of Tabulam said this week's flood was bigger than the one that hit in 1954. She expected to be isolated for at least nine days (see story P3).

The SES spokesman said the service had arranged 30 food and medicine drops around Tabulam as well as to other individual properties around Bonalbo and Urbenville.

SES North West region deputy controller George Mulherin said Tenterfield was now clear of floods, leaving residents to get on with the job of cleaning up after the swollen Tenterfield Creek cut the town in half on Tuesday.

On the lower Clarence, floodwaters were steadily falling yesterday after peaking at 7.64 metres at Grafton early yesterday and inundating homes in communities between Grafton and Yamba.

The Pacific Highway was yesterday afternoon open again south of Grafton but remained closed to the town's north.


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