Heavy Rain Brings Flood Warnings


Emergency services are warning that widespread rain across the New South Wales north coast this week which may lead to flooding.

The Bureau of Meteorology has issued a Flood Watch for water ways across the region over the coming days.
A low developing within a trough off the southern Queensland coast is expected to deepen and gradually move south during the week.
With already sodden ground around catchments and swollen rivers across the region, the SES is asking people to be prepared for flooding.
Richmond Tweed SES acting regional controller Kayleen Jones says volunteers are ready to assist where required.

“We’re monitoring the situation and we’re actually anticipating that there may be instances of flash flooding and riverine flooding as a result of that heavy rainfall over the coming days,” she says.
“Obviously the weather’s quite unpredictable so we’re asking people just to be prepared, particularly those caravanning or camping on river ways or at the beach, be mindful of coastal erosion as well with those heavy seas and extreme winds.”
Ms Jones says preparing for flooding should including having a wireless radio and spare batteries, putting important personal possessions and valuables into a sealed bag and having a plan of where to go and the route the need to take.
From 9am on Monday until Tuesday morning, an average of 90mm was recorded in the Tweed Richmond Catchment.
“Certainly the Tweed is of concern to us, based on the fact that it has recently had a sever flooding event, the other thing we’re very conscious of, is the causesways and so on up through the mountains Upper Main Arm and Main Arm areas, etc, will probably see some freak rises,” Ms Jones says.
The SES is still working to resupply people who remain isolated from landslips after the last round of heavy rain, particularly in the Upper Cooper’s Creek area.
Source: ABC News

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