Residents bracing for deluge

ANXIOUS Coffs Coast residents have collected more than 1500 sandbags preparing for another major deluge.

Dire weather warnings for the next 48 hours have emergency services on full alert with up to 300mm of rain predicted.

The SES has assembled crews from around the State in Coffs Harbour calling in support from Dubbo, Goulburn, Molong and Queanbeyan.

Western Sydney has provided five vehicles, one boat and four storm trailers with its crew while Minister for Emergency Services Steve Whan said there were eight helicopters with crew on standby at Coffs Harbour and Casino.

“We're being proactive,” said SES Unit Controller Bill Roffey.

“If it does happen we're ready to go. We'll hit the ground running.”

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SES crews spent much of yesterday filling sandbags for the community, giving out as many as they could fill.

Bellingen SES says it is expecting floods at some stage. Yesterday afternoon, local Unit Controller Toby Cuthall said there were already heavy showers falling, especially up the mountain towards Dorrigo.

There are three crews from Blacktown and one crew from the Blue Mountains on the ground ready to help when needed.

The forecast for today is rain for the Mid North Coast, with isolated thunder storms and heavy rain falls in the north.

The rain and wind is expected to continue through Friday before easing on Saturday.

The Bureau of Meteorology has issued warnings of severe weather and moderate to major flooding. Flood watches are current for the Tweed, Brunswick, Richmond, Wilsons, Clarence, Bellinger and Nambucca rivers.

All beaches in northern NSW are closed and Surf Life Saving clubs are on standby to assist the SES with both volunteers and Inflatable Rescue Boats.

A Beach Safety Warning for dangerous surf conditions has been issued for all coastal areas between the Queensland border and Coffs Harbour.

Surf Life Saving NSW is advising people to be extremely careful, particularly around rock shelves where large, damaging waves are expected to build considerably over the next few days. If you need emergency assistance as a result of flooding, contact your local SES on 132 500. For life-threatening emergencies call Triple Zero.

More details on flood preparations you can take can be found on www.ses.nsw.gov.au For road information, contact your local council or check the RTA Traffic Information Line on 131 700 or www.rta.nsw.gov.au

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