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Here in the Byron Shire our crisis is so famous it’s made international news. It’s been in the US Rolling Stone even. It’s been in documentaries. It’s been in The Guardian. It’s what we live with here – every day. We live in a community where there is nowhere to live and the whole world is watching what we do next, wondering if we will do what their super star tourist destinations did and regulate the housing market. People in places like Paris, Amsterdam, Barcelona and Miami found out that tough regulations actually aren’t bad for business after all. That’s just property market profiteering propaganda.

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Commuter traffic was caught out at this flooded intersection at Casino yesterday afternoon (February 26). Screenshot – ABC

Water came very close to inundating this Betta store in Casino yesterday (February 26). Photo Christine Smith Beets/ NSW Storm Watch

Flash flooding hit Casino yesterday, with water seeping into homes and businesses after more than 100mm of rain fell in less than an hour.

The flash floods hit the town at around 5pm, just as many businesses were closing up for the day.

Richmond Valley Council GM Vaughan Macdonald said the town’s sporting fields were expected to be closed for ‘a number of days’.

‘At our indoor sports stadium, the rain was coming through the whirlybirds on the roof and some of the vents on the side of the building,’ he told ABC radio.

The SES reported around 28 calls to affected homes and businesses in the town yesterday.


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