Farmers warned as regions cop yet another bucketing
By HANNAH ROSS email@example.com
RAIN bucketed down on the Far North Coast and Mid-North Coast regions over the weekend, blocking a number of local roads and closing the Pacific Highway south of Grafton yesterday.
The State Emergency Service last night updated its severe weather warning for the Northern Rivers, warning people to expect flash flooding and advising farmers to be prepared to move pumps, equipment and livestock to higher ground.
SES crews from Lismore, Ballina, Mullumbimby and Murwillumbah were completing jobs yesterday, including tarping roofs and sandbagging around houses.
Coastal regions received the lion’s share of rainfall. In the 30 hours to 5.30pm yesterday, Ballina received 213mm of rain, and Byron Bay received 140mm. Mullumbimby copped the biggest soaking in the 24 hours to 9am yesterday, recording rainfall of 220mm.
According to Byron Bay police, flash flooding caused delays on Myocum Road, between Ewingsdale and Mullumbimby; in Shirley Street, near the turn-off to Belongil; at Suffolk Park; and in the centre of Byron Bay.
Sgt Mark Harris said fortunately people were driving to conditions and no accidents had been reported.
The Pacific Highway was closed in both directions at Blackadder Creek at Corindi, north of Woolgoolga, at 4pm yesterday.
The RTA said that no road diversions were available and it was advising motorists to avoid the area until floodwaters subsided. Further south, a mudslide closed one lane of the Pacific Highway at Thompsons Bend, Coffs Harbour.