Don’t kayak in fast-flowing floodwaters: Rescue in rising Clarence River as rain eases

ABOVE: Flooded roads at Tooloom Ceek at Urbenville today, May 13 at 6.30am. Photo: Urbenville SES

Susanna Freymark

The Clarence River broke its banks at Tabulam today, Friday, May 13.

Racecourse Rd in Tabulam remained impassable at 6.30pm tonight with fast flowing water creating a dangerous crossing. Police tape was across the road.

NSW SES issued an early evacuation warning for Tabulam and Bonalbo at 10.45am today.

Clarence River has now been listed with a minor flood warning by the Bureau of Meteorology.

Tooloom St in Urbenville, Photo: Urbenville SES

Casino Rescue Squad helped in two separate flood rescues in Tabulam today.

The first was for cattle stranded by flood waters.

NSW SES sent a high clearance truck to help rescue the cows.

The second incident involved a person trapped by rising floodwaters after they attempted to kayak their way to stranded cattle and cut fences.

The kayak capsized and the person managed to swim to an island surrounded by floodwaters.

Police rescue crews attended with a boat and rescued the person.

Casino Rescue Squad and other emergency services helped rescue cattle near Tabulam. Photo: Casino VRA Squad
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