THE Bellinger River at Lavendar’s Bridge is expected to peak at eight metres later today putting the area into ‘Major Flood’ status... yet again.
Heavy rainfall overnight and continuing falls in the Thora catchment area, combined with the high tide this morning, means Bellingen residents can expect to remain isolated for the remainder of the day.
The Waterfall Way is cut east and west of the town.
An average 200 millimetres of rain has fallen across the valley during the past 27 hours to 6am this morning.
Further rain is forecast over the next 12 to 15 hours.
Despite the deluge lashing the Mid North Cost, bizarrely, residents of the Nambucca Valley are being asked to restrict water use.
Floodwater has impacted on the Council’s bore installations at Bowraville which supply reticulated water to the Nambucca Valley urban areas.
As a consequence, Council’s capacity to supply water to its reservoirs has been severely reduced with capacity now only 40% and may drop to 25% if the flood waters continue to rise.
Level 4 restrictions have been put ina place until the damage is repaired.
Check our website throughout the day for further weather updates.