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Clarence Valley takes economic hit from flooding

Tuesday February 5, 2013 - 13:26 EDT

Businesses across the Clarence Valley are counting the cost and coming to terms with the impacts of the latest flood.

Businesses in smaller communities like Ulmarra, Palmers Island and Brushgrove were hard hit by property damage and many business owners could not get into the main centre of Grafton for over a week.

President of the Grafton Chamber of Commerce Sandy Stewart said the community of Copmanhurst was hit particularly hard.

"They have a lot of rural properties out there and it's a small village," she said.

"There was an email came around asking for a lot of help.

"There's many people out there who've lost their homes, their livestock, their livelihood, everything.

'So there's a big cry for help for Copmanhurst at the moment.

"They need donations, like to help these families, they need clothes and furniture and any sort of donations we can help them out with."

Ms Stewart said the financial impacts will be overcome quite quickly.

But she said the emotional recovery could take much longer.

Ms Stewart said many business owners could not get into Grafton for much of the week and it's still to early to estimate the cost of losses.

"I would say within a month to six weeks we might have some sort of estimate as to the cost that it's affected businesses," she said.

"And the value in the Clarence Value in general because not only businesses.

"Well it's businesses but the tourist factor.

"I know it's the end of the season but we still have a lot of tourists come in and out of the valley January, end of January, because of the long weekend etc so a lot of financial loss there."


© ABC 2013

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