Northern Rivers Flood Latest


The Weather Bureau has cancelled the Severe Weather Warning for the Northern Rivers however minor flood warnings are current for the Tweed River and Wilson’s River.

Up to 220 millimetres of rain has fallen in the past 24 hours in the Tweed River Valley, combined with a high tide this afternoon, minor flooding is expected at Chinderah (Barneys Point).

This rain is expected to cause minor flooding for the Wilsons River at Lismore when it peaks at three oclock tomorrow morning.

While a flood watch remains in place Richmond and Bunswick River Valleys, and parts of the Northern Tablelands, a trough off the Northern Rivers coast is no longer expected to cause moderate to heavy rainfall.

The SES is warning people to stay out of flooded water. Two people have been rescued from cars caught in flood waters on the far north coast this morning.

Scott Hanckel, from the Richmond-Tweed SES, says volunteers were called to help people trapped in their vehicles at Murwillumbah and Billinudgel. He says it highlights the dangers posed by flood waters.

“What really seems to catch most people out is they underestimate the force of the moving water and they don’t acknowledge that you don’t know what’s happening under brown water. What might have looked like a solid road before the water was over it might actually have been undermined and could have collapsed in places so there is no safe way to cross flood waters. They should wait for waters to recede or find an alternative route” he says.

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