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Rogan’s Bridge over the Clarence River between The Whiteman and Seelands, pictured here on December 15, was closed briefly due to rising floodwaters with motorists urged to use caution. Image: Emma Pritchard.

Grafton records wettest December in over 150 years

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.

The Grafton Sailing Club, pictured here on December 18, experienced minor flooding as the Clarence River peaked at the Prince Street gauge in Grafton close to the 2.5m mark. It has been the wettest December on record, and there is still a week left in the month. Image: Emma Pritchard.
The Clarence River completely covered the Lilydale Bridge, pictured here on December 15, as floodwaters rose above the 6m mark. Image: Emma Pritchard.
The recent deluge forced the closure of many roads throughout the Clarence Valley as water levels continued rising. Image: Emma Pritchard.