200mm and counting! Heavy rain hammers Narooma: GALLERY

THE Narooma Tuross area appears to have copped the brunt of the East Coast Low currently hammering the Far South Coast.

While there have been no reports of damage in the Narooma district, the rain has been intense with more forecast for today Thursday.

The official weather station at Montague Island 7kms offshore has recorded just more than 150mm over the last two days but there are reports of much higher falls on land.

A number of the small lakes in Narooma including the Dalmeny duck pond and Little Lake at Surf Beach had both well and truly broken through, while there were also reports of the Tuross River rising fast.

The Marine Rescue base at Narooma recorded 114.4mm at 9am on Wednesday and then 75.46mm at 9am on Thursday for a total of 189.8mm.

The Narooma bar crossing was very rough and even the National Parks vessel "Shearwater" had cancelled its trip out to Montague Island to do a crew change.

Farmers have welcomed the rain after a very dry summer with Erica Dibden of ABC Milk and South Coast Cheese at Tilba said it was fantastic.

She had received around 170mm over the past two days and it would be ideal to now get a couple of sunny days and then some follow-up to allow the grass a growth spurt before winter set in.

The impact of all this rain on the upcoming Narooma Oyster Festival less than two weeks away on April 5-6 and the supply of oysters from up and down the coast will depend on how quickly the estuaries clear up.

We will continue to update this story throughout Thursday...

UPDATE 9.15am:

Jalisa English just reported 220mm on her property at Eurobodalla Road west of Bodalla.

She also reports that the Tyrone Bridge over the Tuross River is now under.

UPDATE 9.50am:

Mischi West reports on Twitter that she received 216mm at Tuross Head.

UPDATE 11am:

Jalisa English just got some great photos of the Tyrone Bridge on Eurobodalla Road west of Bodalla now closed due to the overflowing Tuross River. 

This means that the good folk of Nerrigundah upstream are probably unable to travel east as the road at Cadgee may also be closed.

UPDATE 12noon:

Margaret Moran at North Narooma reports 200mm over the last 48 hours while Greer Allen also on Facebook also let us know they recorded 220mm at Central Tilba to 7am - thanks guys!

UPDATE 12.30pm:

Don’t swim in the rain – a Eurobodalla water safety message

Eurobodalla Shire Council would like to remind residents that current wet weather is increasing the run-off into our creeks, rivers and beaches and that they should not swim while it is raining and for a few days afterwards.

Run-off from pastures, forest and urban catchments into swimming holes, beaches, small urban creeks and waterways can include pollutants and cause turbid waters that may affect a swimmer’s health.

Murky waters with debris, sediments and soil can also affect a swimmer’s safety by reducing their ability to see hazards such as sandbars, logs and rocks, says Mayor Lindsay Brown.

“Council is installing environmental health warning signs around the Shire where there may be potential water quality issues,” said Cr Brown.

“I ask residents and visitors to please respect these warnings and not swim in these waterways until after the signs have been removed.”

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