Port Stephens Endures Heavy Rain and Storm Damage

Landslip at Teramby Road Nelson Bay. Photo: Marian Sampson.

 

STORM damage from heavy rains have seen the region drenched resulting in flooded roads, landslides and a clean up bill that will challenge Council and residents alike.

The SES has been busy responding to calls for help and Raymond Terrace SES and Corlette SES are offering sandbags to residents to assist with the protection of property.

Businesses in Magnus Street in Nelson Bay were seeing water flow in their front doors as cars continued to drive through the flooded street on Thursday creating yet another interruption to trade in trying times.

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Nelson Bay Golf Club rose from the ashes of a fire only to suffer water damage this week, however the resilient team have ensured the club is open for its members.

Teramby Road in Nelson Bay was subject to a landslide with closing the road access to the Fisherman’s Co-operative and the break wall.

Another land slip has occurred opposite Conroy Park at Corlette closing Sandy Point Road to traffic.

The Visitors Information Centre on Victoria Parade was also closed last week due to flooding.

The list of street closures around the region included Dowling Street, and Lilly Hill Rd, in Nelson Bay, Foreshore Drive and Sandy Point Road, in Corlette, Horace Street, and Tomaree Headland in Shoal Bay, Kirrang Drive, in Medowie, and Wanda Avenue, in Salamander Bay, Marine Drive near Barry Park in Fingal Bay, Tomago Road at the Pacific Highway and Riverside Drive, in Karuah.

Mayor Ryan Palmer told News Of The Area, “Engineers have been inspecting the buildings above the landslip at Teramby Road and there appears to be no issues with the buildings above the landslip.”

Fingal Bay Boat Ramp and Shoal Bay Boat Ramp have been closed due to access with several parks also closed due to water damage including Roy Wood Reserve.

Residents living near the Myall River in Bulahdelah have been told they might have to evacuate due to rising water.
Ironically, some residents were without town water supplied during the deluge.

Residents in and around Raymond Terrace will see flood water coming downriver, causing rises and potentially more flooding.

Giacomo Arnott, Acting Captain Raymond Terrace Fire & Rescue NSW told News Of The Area, “We encourage locals to be smart when near floodwaters.

“Never drive through them, and definitely don’t walk in them.

“Leave early if threatened by floodwaters.

“Rain means slippery roads, so drive safely and don’t take unnecessary risks.

“We don’t want to have to see you in bad circumstances, so use common sense and contact emergency services if you’re not sure about something.

“Listen to advice from the SES and other emergency services, and stay safe,” he said.

As the rain continues to fall residents are waiting for forecast high winds as the weather event continues across the region.

 

By Marian SAMPSON

 

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