1700 still without electricity

POWER remains cut to more than 1700 residences and businesses across the North Coast as floodwaters begin to recede.

Extreme winds and rain have played havoc with the network the past few days, bringing trees down and causing faults on Sunday and Monday.

Essential Energy community relations Manager Rachel Hussell said a number of customers remained without supply in Federal overnight.

"We have dispatched crews back to that area this morning to continue the restoration efforts," she said.

Other Northern rivers towns affected include Rosebank, Clunes, Coorabell, Mullumbimby, Murwillumbah, Tyagarah, Upper Coopers Creek, Upper Wilsons Creek and Wilsons Creek.

For any electricity supply problems 132 391.

SES Richmond Tweed Region community engagement coordinator Janet Pettit said the Wilsons and Richmond Rivers should drop to minor flood levels or lower throughout today.

Ms Pettit said at 10am the Wilsons River was 5.05 metres and falling at Lismore and the Richmond River had dropped to minor flood levels except around Woodburn where moderate flood levels were being experienced.

She asked all residents to heed the advice issued by the SES below about returning home after a flood.

A number of people are still isolated across the Tweed and Northern Rivers area.

As people return home it is important to be aware of hazards associated with homes that have been inundated with flood water.

NSW SES Richmond Tweed Incident Controller Kerith Cameron said, "It is important to check your property is safe to enter before returning". Ms Cameron urges people to take note of the following advice before going home.

Ensure the structural stability of your property before entering.

Check for damage to windows, walls and the roof and be especially cautious of potential contaminants including asbestos

Make sure the electricity and gas is turned off before going inside. Use a torch to carry out inspections inside buildings

If power points, electrical equipment, appliances or electrical hot water systems have been exposed to floodwater or are water damaged in any way, they must be inspected by a qualified electrician before use

Gas appliances and gas bottles that have been exposed to floodwater should be inspected for safety before use

Wear suitable protective clothing, including boots and gloves, when cleaning up

Be aware of any slip, trip or fall hazards

Never eat food which has been in contact with floodwater

Only use clean utensils and personal items

Have a supply of fresh drinking water

The community is advised never drive, ride or walk through floodwaters.

For emergency assistance call the SES on telephone number 132 500.

For life threatening emergencies, call 000 immediately.

For road information contact your local council or visit the myroadinfo.com.au website or for main roads call the Roads Maritime Service on 132 701 or www. livetraffic.rta.nsw.gov.au

FloodSafe advice is available at www.ses.nsw.gov.au

For the latest weather forecast see www.bom.gov.au/nsw/forecasts/

For latest rainfall and river level information see www.bom.gov.au/nsw/flood/



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