Northern Rivers on Flood Alert


State Emergency Service (SES) crews are preparing for possible flooding in northern New South Wales as heavy rain from Queensland crosses the border.

Heavy rain is falling in the Northern Rivers with between 70 and 100mm expected before 2:00pm.

Crews are on standby, with rivers including the Tweed, Wilsons, Richmond and Brunswick at risk of breaking their banks.

Phil Campbell from the SES says teams are in place to deal with both floods and storms.

“The SES has located four flood rescue technicians in the Northern Rivers area, also four storm damage response teams and additional operations staff,” he said.

“These are bolstering local resources and ensuring that we’re well prepared for any flooding that may eventuate.”

There are concerns that local rivers, already swollen with water, could overflow and cause flooding in nearby towns.

Kyogle is of particular concern, as the town was badly affected by floods late last year.

One hundred and seventy people had to be moved from their homes and residents of the Coraki Caravan Park have been removed as a safety precaution.

Phil Campbell says residents and visitors should make plans to move to higher ground.

“We have recommended to the community that they begin to prepare, particularly rural property owners, who are asked to lift pumps and move livestock and equipment to higher ground,” he said.

“We have asked people who are camping and caravanning to also seek higher ground and to ensure they have access in case flood waters should rise.”

Meanwhile, on the mid north coast, a minor flood warning is current for the Bellinger River with flooding expected at Thora and Bellingen.

The Bellingen SES Deputy Unit Controller Tim Leader says they are keeping a close eye on the situation.

“We’ve almost reached minor flood level at the Thora Bridge there,” he said.

“Some bridges up the Darkwood area may have water on the deck by now.

“We are expecting more rain in the next 24 hours but to what extent is a bit unknown at this stage.”

The SES is reminding motorists not to drive through flood waters following a rescue of a driver at Tabulam, west of Casino, last night.

Residents are also been warned to expect some landslides in the area as the soil is saturated.

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