Mar 02 2012

Just shy of 100 cyclists will pass through the Snowy Mountains region next week as part of the Mountains to Beach race.

The five-day race charts a course from Thredbo to Narooma on the coast, and is designed to test every aspect of a rider's repertoire - uphill, downhill, cross country, marathon and riding under lights.

Organiser Huw Kingston says they'll pass through Cooma on Wednesday the seventh; of course, weather permitting.

Mar 02 2012

Today is Clean Up Australia Day, but this Sunday will see a team of volunteers heading to Kosciuszko National Park to remove garbage left by litterbugs.

Rains have affected areas of the park and some patches will be off limits for as long as it takes for waters to clear - it could potentially be weeks.

Environmental Liason Officer with National Parks, Sally Miller, says that despite flooding the clean up will go on.

Mar 01 2012

The Evacuation Alert for Cooma is still in effect for flood affected areas, and the situation has worsened.

Creek levels have fluctuated throughout the day, falling at midday by 20 centimetres, but rising again since, by over two and a half metres in one hour.

500 homes have been evacuated, with the SES doorknocking and organising support for flood threatened buildings.

Most locals were successfully evacuated by midday according to the SES, with emergency personnel remaining on standby and currently responding to requests for assistance at affected properties.

Michael Ebern of the SES says that the evacuation alert will be downgraded when waters and weather subside.

The Coles supermarket in town has shut for the day along with several other businesses, as water managed to enter some residences.

Mayor of the Cooma Monaro Shire Dean lynch is thankful that there have been no reported injuries during the day.

The danger isn't relegated to cooma alone however, with reports of a car involved in an accident approximately ten kilometers outside of Berridale in the direction of Jindabyne.

The road from Perisher to Charlottes Pass has been closed, and Kosciuszko Road may be closed if water levels rise further.

The Monaro and Snowy Mountains Highways remain open at the moment, but there are road closures and detours in effect across the region and motorists are advised to drive safely and avoid flood affected areas.

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