Heavy overnight rain leads to flood warnings
UPDATE - 10.15am: RAINFALL totalled 119.mm in Coffs Harbour in the 24 hours to 9am Saturday.
While the falls were fairly consistent, the heaviest deluge came in the half hour period after 3.30pm Friday when 19mm was recorded.
In the same 24 hour period, Wooli recorded 153mm with 168mm falling in Bellingen.
Rain has eased across the Coffs Creek Catchment but the Grafton Street bridge peaked at 2.75m earlier this morning and is currently at 1.4 metres and falling.
At 9am, the river at Thora was at 4.4m and rising, with moderate flooding.
Thora should reach 5.3m around 3pm today with moderate flooding.
Bellingen should reach 7.2m around noon today with moderate flooding.
Repton should reach 2.1m around 3pm today with minor flooding.
The river at Urunga should reach 1.5m around 8pm this evening with minor flooding.
Minor flooding is currently occurring but at this stage it is not possible to predict the flood peak because of uncertainty over how much more rain will fall.
At Glenreagh, the river should reach 8.5m around 11am today with minor flooding.
At Glenreagh Bridge, the river should reach 6.6m around noon today with minor flooding.
At Bowraville (Lanes Bridge), the river should reach 9.5m around 2pm today with moderate flooding.
At Macksville, the river should reach moderate flood level of 2.1m around 7pm today.
6.00am: HEAVY rainfall overnight is expected to continue throughout Saturday with the Bureau of Meteorology issuing several flood warnings and another severe weather warning for heavy rainfall.
In the 12 hours from 6pm on Friday, the Bureau's measuring station at Coffs Harbour Airport reported 79.4mm of rain. This figure fails in comparison to the numbers at Bellingen where 168mm of rain has falen in the 19 hours to 4am this morning.
Even Englands Rd, near where the Touch World Cup is being played, has had 149mm of rain (or close to six inches in the old scale), in the same 19 hour period.
The East Coast Low has moved to the inland of southern Queensland and is expected to move south today and to continue slowly weakening.
HEAVY RAIN and THUNDERSTORMS which may lead to FLASH FLOODING are forecast for parts of the Mid North Coast forecast district, including Coffs Harbour and surrounds, this morning.
The Severe Weather Warning for heavy rain for the Northern Rivers and Northern Tablelands forecast districts has been cancelled
MINOR FLOOD WARNING FOR COFFS CREEK
After heavy overnight rain, the height of Coffs Creek at Grafton St Bridge was measured at 2.70m and rising at 4.45am on Saturday.
The creek height is predicted top reach a minor flood level of 3.00m.
MODERATE FLOOD WARNING FOR THE BELLINGER RIVER
Minor flooding is currently occurring at Thora and Bellingen.
The river height at Thora is expected to exceed the moderate flood level of 4.30m at around 9am today. The height is expected to peak near 4.60metres around noon today with moderate flooding.
At Bellingen, the river is forecast to peak near 5.40metres around noon today with minor flooding.
With forecast rain, the Kalang River at Urunga is expected to reach minor flood level around 8am today.
MINOR FLOOD WARNING FOR THE ORARA RIVER
The predicted river height at Glenreagh's automatic gauge suggests a peak of 8.50metres around 11am Saturday with minor flooding. The Orara River height at Glenreagh Bridge is expected to reach 6.60metres at around noon on Saturday with minor flooding.
MODERATE FLOOD WARNING FOR THE NAMBUCCA RIVER
Heavy overnight rain is expected to cause moderate flooding at Bowraville and minor flooding at Macksville this morning.
At Lanes Bridge at Bowraville, the river is forecast to peak near a moderate flood level of 5.80metres this morning.
Forecast rain will see the Nambucca River at Macksville reach minor flood level of 1.70metres around 9am today with the high tide.
The State Emergency Service advises that people should:
- Keep clear of fallen power lines.
- Don't drive, ride or walk through flood water.
- Keep clear of creeks and storm drains.
- If you are trapped by flash flooding, seek refuge in the highest available place and ring 000 if you need rescue.
- Beware of fallen trees or debris on the road.
For emergency help in floods and storms, ring your local SES Unit on 132 500.