UPDATE, 3.30pm: INCREASED rainfall of up to 60mm in the six hours to 3pm has resulted in renewed river rises and local flash flooding in the Richmond and Wilsons catchments.
The Wilsons River at Lismore is at 4.35 metres and rising with minor flooding.
Minor flooding is also expected on the Richmond River at Wiangaree and Kyogle today.
At this stage it is not possible to predict the flood peaks because of uncertainty over how much more rain will fall, but predictions are as follows and will be revised if necessary:
- Wilsons River at Lismore - reach 5.8 metres midnight tonight with minor flooding.
- Richmond River at Wiangaree - reach minor flood level (11.0 metres) around 5 pm tonight
- Richmond River at Kyogle - reach minor flood level (12.0 metres) around 8 pm tonight
The State Emergency Service has been focusing its response in Urbenville, Bonalbo and Tabulam.
It is likely Urbenville and Bonalbo may become isolated if heavy rain continues.
Tabulum SES evacuated campers along the head waters of the Clarence River earlier and advises people camping or caravanning in low-lying areas that flash flooding may occur.
Anyone camping or caravanning in such areas is advised to relocate to higher ground or consider leaving the area before roads are blocked.
This morning the NSW Bureau of Meteorology issued a severe weather warning as a result of a trough situated near the Northern Rivers.
Residents in the Tweed Heads , Brunswick Valley, particularly Upper Main Arm, The Pocket & Upper Wilsons Creek, should monitor weather conditions and check for updates. Causeways in this area may have water across them.
Farmers and other landholders should keep a watch on their streams and be prepared to move pumps, equipment and livestock to higher ground.
The bureau issued the following guidelines:
- Never drive, ride or walk through floodwaters.
- Keep an active watch on the situation
- Stay tuned to a local radio station for updates and further warnings
If you need emergency assistance as a result of flooding, contact your local State Emergency Service Unit by calling 132 500.
The SES reminds residents to not enter floodwaters under any circumstances.
For more information on road closures visit Road Info.
Updates will be posted as they are available