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Singleton avoids major flood damage

Thursday January 31, 2013 - 07:19 EDT
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Singleton's Mayor says fortunately floodwaters haven't reached the levels they did in 2007 (above) - ABC

The Mayor of Singleton says some minor flooding in the community is a small price to pay for rain that has got local farmers smiling.

The Hunter River peaked at 10.81 metres at Dunolly Bridge yesterday afternoon.

Rose Point Park was flooded and silt deposits have damaged cricket wickets at the site.

Singleton Mayor John Martin says the flooding closed several roads but major damage is unlikely.

"The rain itself causes a little bit of a problem because if there was a break in the surface anywhere, it causes pot holes," he said.

"But the flood waters that I saw around Singleton were slow flowing, just across the road and more or less just backwater."

The floodwaters have also delayed demolition works of the bridge at Bourke's Crossing.

But Councillor Martin says the community has been lucky overall.

"It's been nice rain and farmers will now be able to get on with it," he said.

"You'll have to get some petrol into your lawnmower I can tell you because there'll be plenty of grass to mow."


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