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Mid north coast flood clean up continues

Tuesday February 26, 2013 - 13:02 EDT

A massive clean up is continuing across the mid north coast as residents cope with yet another major flood.

In the Kempsey shire at least 10,000 people in coastal and Upper Macleay river communities remain isolated floodwaters.

The Pacific highway is under water at Frederickton near Kempsey and Maclean north of Grafton.

May Gill from the Kempsey State Emergency Service said it is hard to come to terms with the extent of the flood damage.

"It's very depressing to see the devastation to the dairy farms and the pastoral land down on the Lower Macleay around Smithtown, Gladstone in that area," she said.

"Lots and lots of water and lost of people with properties being flooded, cattle stranded so definitely devastating."

The Deputy Premier and Oxley MP Andrew Stoner is concerned the constant flooding could be too much for some north coast primary producers.

Yesterday he inspected flood affected areas by helicopter.

In the 1950s major flooding in the region saw many farmers walk off their properties and never return.

Mr Stoner said he hopes the same thing won't happen to this generation of farmers.

"Everyone of these take out fencing, they kill livestock, they set them back from season to season and if you get one every season it's only a question of time before people start to think maybe there's a better living to pursue than to be on the land, and have to put up with this year after year sometimes multiple times a year," he said.


- ABC

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