Emma Pritchard |
After receiving less than 10mm of rain throughout the entire month of November, Grafton received more than 300mm of rain between December 1-18.
Over 250mm fell within five days with more than 90mm falling within a three-hour period.
It has been the wettest December on record.
The Clarence River exceeded the minor flood level of 2.1m at the Prince Street gauge in Grafton on December 16 before peaking close to the 2.5m mark.
The Bureau of Meteorology issued a final flood warning on December 17, stating no further flooding was expected for the Clarence River.
Taree local Trent Jackson was visiting friends in the Clarence Valley last week and admitted he was surprised by the amount of rain which fell.
“I honestly didn’t think it would be this wet,” he said.
“My mates and I had planned to go out on our bikes, but that just didn’t happen.
“I’ve heard how high the Clarence River can rise when there’s a major flood and it’s actually pretty scary to picture the water level at the seven or eight metre mark.”
The Bureau of Meteorology is forecasting a wet summer for the remainder of 2020 with more showers expected in the New Year.