SES on Standby for Heavy Rainfall


Flood warnings have been issued for Clarence Valley and Northern NSW.
A severe weather warning issued by the Bureau of Meteorology today said rain would increase overnight, and could lead to flooding in isolated parts of the Northern Rivers region.
“Rain is expected to start increasing over southern parts of the Mid North Coast region this afternoon, then extend to northern parts of the Mid North Coast and to the Northern Rivers district during the night-time hours,” the warning said.
“During this period the Mid North Coast and Northern Rivers coast are expected to see steady rain falling, with some intermittent heavy bursts likely, particularly from thunderstorms in the rain band.
“Thunderstorms and heavy showers may lead to localised flash flooding… for the Northern Rivers.”
Strong marine winds will also whip the Port Macquarie, Coffs Harbour and Byron Bay coasts as the heavy weather moves north, BOM warned.
In light of the warning, the State Emergency Service has given the following advice:
Don’t drive, ride or walk through flood water.
Keep clear of creeks and storm drains.
If you are trapped by flash flooding, seek refuge in the highest available place and ring 000 if you need rescue.
For emergency help in floods and storms, ring your local SES Unit on 132 500.

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