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Rain expected to cut access to villages near Woodburn

Floods at Woodburn.
Floods at Woodburn. Susanna Freymark

MONDAY 12.15pm: RESIDENTS near Woodburn are warned to stock up on essential supplies as heavy rainfall threatens to cut off road access to surrounding villages. 

Significant downpours in the Bungawalbin catchment since last week have burst the banks of the Bungawalbin Creek near Boggie Creek with water spilling into the Swan Bay basin.

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Flood water consumes car, driver swims to safety

The SES expect the area to isolate quickly due to terrain surrounding these roads.

For road information, contact your local council or visit the My Road Info website.

Information about main roads can be provided by the Roads Maritime Service on 132 701.

 

A dog in the water during the floods at Woodburn.
A dog in the water during the floods at Woodburn. Susanna Freymark

MONDAY 11.15am: FLASH flooding is expected around the region this week as wet weather continues to drench the Northern Rivers.

SES Richmond/Tweed regional controller Wayne Pettit said although there are no weather warnings current for the region, he said motorists should take care on the roads with localised flash flooding expected in some areas.

Motorists travelling within low lying areas such as South Casino, Rappville and Bungawalbin are asked to be vigilant as wet weather threatens road access and safety.

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Flood water consumes car, driver swims to safety

SES have attended about 151 storm-related incidents and rescues since last Wednesday when the wild weather initially hit the area.

Of those rescues, several have involved rescuing drivers from floodwaters.

The most recent operation of which was Wollongbar this morning, where a woman was forced to swim to safety after her car became submerged while driving through floodwater.

Mr Pettit said while some flood waters "may look quite innocuous" many motorists don't realise the force of the water is four times as powerful as its speed.

To put the power of flood waters in perspective, Mr Pettit recalled incidents of road trains and trucks being pushed off the road by floodwaters. 

Crime prevention officer, Senior Constable David Henderson said "it's fair to say police and SES are extremely frustrated" are some motorists' ignorance by continuing to drive through flood waters in recent days.

He advised drivers to find alternative routes home if the road is covered with floodwater and there are warning signs in place.

Drivers don't appear to be getting the message at Wyrallah Rd near the rubbish tip with at least two motorists pulled up by police for attempting to drive through submerged road.

Snr Const Henderson said motorists can use Keen St and Riverbank Rd with caution to travel around Wyrallah Rd.

 

Flooding in Woodburn. By Samantha Elley /The Northern Star
Flooding in Woodburn. By Samantha Elley /The Northern Star

MONDAY 6.15am: THE region has had a very wet weekend and the clouds are not set to clear up just yet. 

Since 9am yesterday, Lismore has received 69.8mm of rainfall, Casino 45.8mm, Ballina 32mm and Byron Bay 23mm.

A high pressure system currently was over the southern Tasman Sea, while a trough of low pressure over the northern inland was slowly moving west, the Bureau of Meteorology explained.

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'We're disappointed': SES slams flood drivers

A second trough over South Australia was moving east and expected to pass through New South Wales from Tuesday to Thursday.

These synoptic features was expected maintain showery conditions across most of the state for much of the week.

Forecast

Monday is set to be cloudy with patchy fog inland early this morning and a 95% chance of showers.

There is a chance of thunderstorms, with possible heavy falls.

Winds northeasterly 15 to 20 km/h becoming light in the late afternoon.

Daytime maximum temperatures in the mid to high 20s.

Tuesday is set to be cloudy with patchy fog inland in the early morning and a 95% chance of showers, most likely in the morning and afternoon.

The chance of a thunderstorm in the afternoon.

Light winds with overnight temperatures falling to the low 20s with daytime temperatures reaching the mid to high 20s.

Wednesday is set to be cloudy with patchy morning fog inland and an 80% chance of showers, most likely in the afternoon and evening, and the chance of a thunderstorm.

Light winds with overnight temperatures falling to around 20 with daytime temperatures reaching around 30.

Thursday is set to be cloudy with patchy morning fog inland and a 90% chance of showers.

The chance of a thunderstorm.

Light winds becoming southeasterly 15 to 20 km/h during the afternoon then becoming light during the evening.

Overnight temperatures falling to around 20 with daytime temperatures reaching the mid to high 20s.

Topics:  northern rivers weather weather



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