Fatigued SES Volunteers Brace for More Wild Weather

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The SES says volunteers in Northern Rivers are battling exhaustion as they prepare for another major weather event.

Crews from Victoria are being deployed to help the region prepare for forecast flooding as the Hunter and Sydney regions continue to clean up after destructive floods last week.

Both Northern Rivers and Mid North Coast are expected to receive the heaviest rain as the result of a possible east coast low forming off the coast, with a flood watch in place for coastal valleys.

The Bureau of Meteorology (BoM) has also issued a severe thunderstorm warning for areas including Lismore, Grafton, Coffs Harbour, Port Macquarie, Taree and Dorrigo.

Seventy-five millimetres of rain was recorded in the hour to 8:55am at the Wooli River Caravan Park, south-east of Grafton.

The BoM said there was a 70% chance of flooding in 12 river catchments tomorrow and on Saturday.

It said moderate to major flooding was likely in the Tweed River, Brunswick River, Richmond and Wilsons River, Clarence River valley, Coffs Harbour, Bellinger and Kalang River and Nambucca River valleys.

More than 350 millimetres of rain could fall in some areas between last night and Saturday.

The regional controller for the Richmond-Tweed SES, Kaylene Jones, said local crews that travelled to the Hunter and Sydney regions to help with the recovery there had returned home tired.

“That’s absolutely a challenge for us,” she said.

“There are a lot of people in the SES who are tired now.

“They’ve been working for eight days since the onset of the other event.

“We do have some assistance arranged with Victorian SES so we are expecting to receive quite a few members from out of area to come in and assist us.”

Source: ABC News

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