FRNSW breaks through to Coraki - VIDEO - Coraki
Published: 05 Mar 2022 04:57pm
Emergency service crews have had a major breakthrough, reaching the isolated Northern Rivers town of Coraki, which has been cut off by road for four days.
A convoy of Fire and Rescue NSW (FRNSW) vehicles, including "In-Water" rescue teams, assigned to the NSW State Emergency Service-led flood response, today was tasked with trying to reach the township by flood boat.
Instead, around 10.30 this morning, Strike Team 'Charlie' found the waters blocking Coraki Road had subsided enough to drive into the town.
Floodwaters had cut the town in two early last week.
Of the 11 FRNSW firefighters in Coraki, four lost their homes and the houses of five others have been badly damaged.
However the crew, instead, has focused on the plight of its community, door-knocking residents and guiding them towards the safety of the Fire Station on high ground.
The fire station quickly became the community hub over the last few days, providing food, medical supplies and shelter.
Those supplies were running out when the FRNSW convoy arrived today, soon followed by Resilience NSW, the Australian Defence Force and other emergency services.
The dangerous floodwaters will need to subside further before public access to Coraki is permitted.
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Updated: 30 Jan 2023 09:14pm
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