The Bellingen Bridge is nowhere to be seen as water levels hover around 7.3 metres
The Bellingen Bridge is nowhere to be seen as water levels hover around 7.3 metres Ute Schulenberg

Heavy showers keep waters rising

BELLINGEN residents are once again donning their gumboots and heading down to the Bellinger River to watch rising flood waters that have already closed the town's bridge as well as bridges up both the Thora and Kalang Valleys.

Hovering around 7.3 metres at 12.30pm the river was steady but with more rain predicted in the days ahead it is anyone's guess how this event will unfold.

The Bellingen Council's acting director of engineering, Warwick Knight, said the biggest headache so far was the landslip on the Dorrigo Mountain, which continues to keep the Waterfall Way closed from Thora.

"The slip has happened just below Newell Falls - the land there was already very unstable and now it has slumped agian taking the concrete road barriers with it," Mr Knight said.

He said the other immediate concern was water lapping at the Waterfall Way at Burdett Park, just west of Fernmount.

"Everything is very fluid at the moment but the weather predictions are for even heavier rain tomorrow, which is alarming."

Mr Knight said council crews were on a 24 hour roster dealing with whatever they could access as it came to light.

"The hard part comes when the waters recede and we have to check everything before we can re-open roads - people get very frustrated then."

For the latest information on road closures in the Bellingen Shire go to the council's website, www.bellingen.nsw.gov.au/


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