Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Storm Hits Town Hard; Shops Inundated by Rapidly Rising Water

Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Storm Hits Town Hard; Shops Inundated by Rapidly Rising Water

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Byline: Samantha Poate Samantha.Poate@northernstar.com.au

A NUMBER of local businesses were caught in the surprise deluge that hit Casino with 125mm of rain on Monday afternoon.

Shop fronts on the corner of Centre and Barker Streets saw the most damage, as the roundabout became inundated with flood water.

Westlawn Finance copped the worst of it as CEO Geoff Scofield guessed there was about 2cm of water right through his entire office.

"The water couldn't get away in the gutters it backed up very quickly and went into our office," Mr Scofield said.

"The water levels on the roundabout were quite dangerous, the traffic going through it was making waves which were smashing up against our glass."

Managing Director of Casino Travel Shoppe Izaak du Plooy said he recalled feeling afraid when he saw the water level rising quickly.

"I called the SES because I realised there were a lot of blocked drains and water levels were getting higher at the back of our shop," Mr du Plooy said. …

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