DON’T TRY IT: rivers trying to negotiate crossings like Blaxlands Bridge at Coutts Crossing risk putting themselves in serious danger.
DON’T TRY IT: rivers trying to negotiate crossings like Blaxlands Bridge at Coutts Crossing risk putting themselves in serious danger. Contributed

Flooded roads still closed in Clarence

MANY roads around the Clarence Valley remain closed after last week's heavy rainfall.

NSW SES Clarence Nambucca media relations officer Jenni Funari said it was a good time to remind the public not to drive into flood waters.

She said the picture of the ruined Blaxlands Bridge at Coutts Crossing (right) was a good example of what could go wrong.

"What that picture really does show is if someone tried to drive over it while it was flooded, they would find there wasn't a bridge a bridge at all," Ms Funari said.

"People entering flood waters is still a problem. It only takes 30cm of water to wash a small car away."

Ms Funari said the five people who lost their lives in Queensland were a tragic example of what could happen.

"We had five flood rescues in the area during the weekend storms," she said.

"Those rescues ended well, but if we weren't there it wouldn't have.

"When people do require rescuing it is not just them who are in danger, but the volunteers who have gone in after them."

Ms Funari said on the whole she was impressed that Clarence Valley residents remained safe during the weekend.

She said about 5000 people were isolated at the peak of the storm.

They were well prepared and stayed out of danger.

"Anyone who has come out of flood water is lucky."

VALLEY ROADS STILL CLOSED

Lawrence

Mantons Rd

Lawrence Ferry

Ulmarra

Ulmarra Ferry

Waterview Heights

Rogans Bridge Road

Gerrymberry, Rd

Nymboida

Cangai Bridge Rd

Hanging Rock Rd

Fine Flower

Clarence Way

Coutts Crossing

Kangaroo Creek Rd

McPhersons Crossing Rd

Geregarow Rd

Rushforth Rd

Mulquinneys Rd

Pillar Valley

Wooli Rd

Six Mile Lane

Tucabia

Tucabia-Tyndale Rd

Shark Creek

Shark Creek Rd

Byrons Ln


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