BOM issues warnings for region
THE Bureau of Meteorology has issued weather and flood warnings for the Northern Rivers region.
A Flood Watch was issued for the Tweed, Brunswick, Richmond/ Wilsons and Clarence River valleys and a Severe Weather Warning was issued for flash flooding for the Northern Tablelands, Northern Rivers and Mid North Coast districts.
An average of 40 to 60 millimetres fell over the 24 hours to 9am today in those areas, although some recorded heavier local totals.
A low pressure trough over far northeastern NSW is expected to deepen this afternoon before rapidly weakening overnight or early Friday.
Showers and thunderstorms which may lead to flash flooding are forecast for the Northern Rivers area and parts of the Northern Tablelands and Mid North Coast areas.
While there is still a risk of flooding today, the Bureau says the main future flood threat will occur from Sunday to Tuesday when further heavy rain is predicted for the NSW Northern Rivers area.
As catchment areas are still wet from recent rain, there is a higher than 70 per cent chance of further flooding developing during Sunday evening in the following areas:
- Tweed Valley – moderate flooding including local flooding in several areas including Chillingham
- Richmond and Wilsons Valleys – moderate to major flooding
- Brunswick Valley – moderate to major flooding
- Clarence Valley – including the Orara River – minor to moderate flooding
The SES is monitoring the situation and further warnings will be issued as the situation changes.
People living or working along rivers and streams should monitor weather forecasts and warnings and be ready to move to higher ground should flooding develop.
The SES further advises people camping, caravanning and engaging in activities near rivers and streams should stay up-to-date on advices, camp well away from watercourses and streams and be particularly aware that roads leading away from unestablished camp sites could be affected before camping areas.
Farmers and other landholders should keep a watch on their streams and be prepared to move pumps, equipment and livestock to higher ground.
If you need emergency assistance as a result of flooding, contact your local State Emergency Service Unit by calling 132 500.
FloodSafe advice is available at www.ses.nsw.gov.au.
For life threatening emergencies call 000 immediately
Information on the weather can be obtained from the Bureau of Meteorology web site at www.bom.gov.au. Alternatively, you may phone 1300 659 218
For road information contact your local council, RTA or www.myroadinfo.com.au.