Flood Crisis: Kempsey Trainer's Lucky Escape

THE Mid North Coast has copped a battering throughout the deluge of rain with racing affected at Kempsey, Taree and to a lesser extent, Wauchope.

David Brasch

24 March 2021

THE Mid North Coast of NSW has copped a battering throughout the deluge of rain this past week with greyhound racing affected at Kempsey, Taree and to a lesser extent, Wauchope.

Kempsey trainer Nathan Goodwin, who has 60 dogs on his property including 20 racing dogs in a joint kennel, said 900mls had fallen over five days.

“Our property is elevated so we have escaped most of the problems,” he said.

“Water, excess rain but not flood water, came through the kennels for one day.”

The Kempsey greyhound track under water

But Goodwin said he had heard the Kempsey greyhound track was under two metres of water with Taree hard hit also.

“The heats of the Taree Cup will be run next Wednesday but I doubt the track will be ready for trials before then,” said Goodwin.

“The Wauchope track would have survived any real trouble, but entrances to the track across bridges would certainly have been affected.

“One bridge, the back way to the Wauchope track from Telegraph Point, has been hard hit and I’m told is structurally unsound.”

Goodwin said the highway was cut at Coopernook on the way south, about an hour south of Port Macquarie which affected trainers getting through to race in the south.

“Personally, we’ve dodged a big bullet,” he said.

“We had plenty of meat and kibble on hand, enough to keep us going for a month.

“But, I’ve heard of other trainers who had to evacuate.

“I was told Larry Croker at Lansdowne had three foot of water through his house and had to evacuate his 17 dogs.”