Crescent Head remains isolated

AS parts of the Kempsey CBD re-opened yesterday, thousands of Crescent Head residents and holiday makers remained isolated by floodwaters. 

Rudders Lagoon on Crescent Head Rd and Maria River Rd have been closed since Friday.

The Belmore River was overflowing onto Loftus Rd, not far from the Surfari’s surf camp yesterday morning, which restricted vehicles from accessing Belmore River Rd. 

Although most local businesses have remained open, many say they are in desperate need of stock.

Crescent Head Foodworks manager Mark Bryant said the supermarket had run out of milk and bread and was running low on other products. 

“Basically, it’s a bread and milk scenario, we have run out of bread and there hasn’t been one litre of milk in Crescent Head since yesterday (Sunday),” he said.

“We’ve also got no long-life milk left – we are completely sold out.”

Mr Bryant claimed a truck laden with supplies had been organised to meet with the local fire brigade, but the SES had not allowed it through. 

“We had organised a delivery truck to come through with milk from local farmers and the local fire brigade were going to bring it through but they were met with a firm no from the SES,” he said.

“Our next grocery delivery isn’t until Thursday, but that depends on whether the SES will let them through.

“It’s a bit frustrating when you’ve been through these floods before and know how fantastic the local firies have been in these situations.

“There’s a little bit of panic from locals but we’ve just been reassuring them that it’s hopefully only going to be another two or three days.” 

Barnetts Bakery and coffee shop manager Ray Barnett claimed she had been told the SES did not want any vehicles driving through flood waters.

But an official told her they would be organising an alternative if need be, she said.  

“We’re pretty good here at the bakery – we have enough flour to last us three or four days, but we have no milk left,” she said.

“We were told (yesterday) that the SES would bring us milk and other supplies by either boat or helicopter.

“We’ve also been notified that if no one can get in or out before the weekend then they would try and get some more flour to us.” 

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