Richmond River SES Control swings into action as heavy rain falls on the Northern Rivers.
Richmond River SES Control swings into action as heavy rain falls on the Northern Rivers.

Don't drive into floodwater

DAYS of relentless heavy rain finally caught up with us yesterday as the region's waterways, roads and rural communities fell victim to flooding.

On Tuesday night alone, State Emergency Service (SES) volunteers performed seven flood rescues, a majority in the Tweed area.

The rescues continued yesterday, leaving emergency services frustrated with motorists still trying to drive through floodwaters.

At 4pm yesterday, the SES and NSW Fire and Rescue were called to rescue three people stuck in their car in rising floodwater on Bangalow Rd at Binna Burra.

The occupants made it out of their vehicle to safer ground before the emergency services arrived

An hour later, a woman had to be rescued from the roof of her car after she was caught in floodwater on Nimbin Rd at Goolmangar.

Lismore Base Hospital cancelled some of its surgery as staff left work to avoid being flooded out of their homes.

While the Tweed Valley copped most of the wild weather, the Wilson, Richmond, and Brunswick river catchments received their fair share.

Mullumbimby received 160mm of rain in only six hours yesterday.

In the 30 hours until 9am yesterday, 163 mm of rain fell in the Wilson and Richmond catchments, prompting the Bureau of Meteorology to issue a warning for moderate flooding in the area.

The Wilson River at Lismore and Kyogle is expected to peak at 8.4m at 9am this morning and at 13.3m at 9pm tonight, respectively.

Coraki should expect moderate flooding tonight.

SES Richmond Tweed media officer Libby Spash said people should not walk, drive or ride through floodwater.

"You are putting yourself and rescuers at risk," she said.

Weather forecast - Northern Rivers

Today: Cloudy, rain, heavy at times and chance of thunder. Max 27 degrees

Friday: Cloudy and rain easing to scattered showers. Max 27 degrees

Saturday: Cloudy and scattered showers. Max 26 degrees

Sunday: Cloudy and scattered showers. Max 27 degrees



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