Lismore now facing major flooding
LISMORE is now bracing for a flood, according to the Bureau of Meteorology's latest forecast, with the Wilsons River expected to peak at the "major flood level" of 9.7m by midnight.
Since 6am this morning the Wilsons River at Lismore has jumped from 3m to 5m and with heavy rain still falling upstream is continuing on a sharp upward trend.
South Lismore is expected to be flooded, with other parts of central Lismore along Magellan St likely to be inundated.
Meanwhile coastal areas have been struck by wind gusts of more than 100km/h this morning with Cape Byron recording a gust of 109km/h at 6:50am, causing havoc with power lines in the area and responsible for 2000 homes losing power in Broken Head.
The SES Richmond Tweed has reported receiving over 660 requests for assistance including 17 flood rescues, mainly around the Murwillumbah area. Tweed Heads Hospital has reported roof damage with crews are currently on scene and carrying out temporary repairs.
Nevertheless destructive winds are hampering SES efforts in the completion of this and other roof-related repairs.
SES has advised:
•Never drive, ride or walk through floodwater
•Stack possessions, records, stock or equipment on benches and tables, placing electrical items on top
•Secure objects that are likely to float and cause damage
•Relocate waste containers, chemicals and poisons well above floor level
•Activate your Home or Business FloodSafe Plan
•Keep listening to your local radio station for information, updates and advice
•Keep in contact with your neighbours
•Be prepared to evacuate if advised by emergency services
•Act early as roads may become congested or close
For emergency assistance call the SES on telephone number 132 500.