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Weather eases but flood threat remains

Monday March 4, 2013 - 10:58 EDT

Severe weather that hit parts of the region again over the weekend has eased but many local rivers are still in flood.

Watches or warning are current for all rivers from the Richmond and Wilsons to the Clarence, Orara, Macleay, Hastings and Myall.

Bernard Keats from the Mid North Coast SES said the major area of concern this morning is around Taree.

He said the Manning river is still rising around Wingham and downstream.

We've got a fair bit of water coming down at the moment," he said.

"We're looking for a flood peak at Wingham close to the 10 metre mark.

"The Bureau did put out a warning that said 10.4, however the feeling at the moment is that it won't get to that height.

"But we are expecting to see a fair bit of water in the Wingham area this morning.

"It's quite likely that the town will be isolated for a little while with just a little water over the deck of the bridge there."

He said the river is still rising and it is likely other low-lying bridges and roads will go under water.

"The other thing that's giving us a little concern just at the moment is Taree itself," he said.

"We've got a predicted flood peak there of 3.2, well it's at 3.23 already and still rising, the peak hasn't come through Wingham yet.

"What's becoming very clear is there's an awful lot of water around in the Manning valley this morning.

"It's going to make things very difficult for people to get to work and do those things people do first thing in the morning.

"If you don't have to travel around this morning then don't."


- ABC

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