SES Richmond Tweed Region deputy region controller Jeff Spash co-ordinates with Judy Spash (right) Diane Wilson (front) and Richard Johns (seated) in the SES headquarters in Goonellabah.
SES Richmond Tweed Region deputy region controller Jeff Spash co-ordinates with Judy Spash (right) Diane Wilson (front) and Richard Johns (seated) in the SES headquarters in Goonellabah. Marc Stapelberg

After the storm, sun

LISMORE residents woke yesterday to sunny skies, flooded paddocks and an eerie silence after three days of extreme winds and heavy rain.

SES Richmond Tweed Region planning officer Kerith Cameron said the Wilsons River peaked in the Lismore CBD area about midday at 9.43m, causing minor flooding in North Lismore.

Ballina resident Tony Nilon has spent decades dealing with flooding in Lismore as a former North Lismore local.

Yesterday, he was cleaning out a few items from around his business, North Coast Roofing that were affected by the floodwaters.

"This wasn't a big flood," he said. "We get floods like this all the time in North Lismore."

Lismore City Council announced yesterday residents can drop off green waste for free at the Lismore Recycling and Recovery Centre on Wyrallah Rd from today until Sunday.

"Green waste pick-up will occur in urban areas and rural villages over the coming week," a council spokeswoman said.

"Council urges people to place debris and branches in manageable lengths on the nature strip for pick-up and asks residents to please not pile up old rubbish."

She said crews had been working since Saturday assisting the SES to clean up.

Yesterday 30-plus council staff were assisting in the clean-up which is expected to take at least a week.

A temporary helibase has been set up at Hepburn Park, Goonellabah for immediate emergency services response to rescues.

"The weather on Monday prevented us from having any helicopter movements in and out of the region," she said.

She said today the SES would be looking at dropping food and supplies to isolated residents in the Northern Rivers.



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