1,600 remain isolated by flood waters in Richmond/Tweed

Richmond river overflowing in Coraki Photo Mireille Merlet-Shaw / The Northern Star
Richmond river overflowing in Coraki Photo Mireille Merlet-Shaw / The Northern Star Mireille Merlet-Shaw

UPDATED: Sunday, 11am:

DESPITE the prediction of easing weather conditions today about 1600 people remain isolated in the Richmond Tweed region.

An SES media spokeswoman said crews in the region were anticipating rivers to recede during today if rainfall eases as predicted by the Bureau of Meteorology.

"At 6am this morning we had about 1600 people isolated in the area but we are hoping by about mid morning that access to some of those areas opens up again," the spokeswoman said.

A minor flood warning remains in place for the Wilsons River at Lismore and the Richmond River at Coraki and downstream.

At 10.09am the Wilsons River at Lismore had reached 5.11 metres, exceeding the predicted peak of 5 metres.

Minor flooding was affecting Coraki at 9.30am where the Richmond River reached 3.53 metres, just above the minor flood level of 3.4 metres.

Further downriver at Bungawalbyn the Richmond River was also above the minor flood level of 3 metres by 33 centimetres.

The SES spokeswoman said predictions were that water would enter the Coraki Caravan Park and van owners should consider relocating to higher ground.

At Bungawalbyn the SES spokeswoman said low lying rural land was expected to become inundated and local roads may close.

People are advised to never drive, ride or walk through floodwaters.

The SES spokeswoman warned boating on floodwaters was extremely dangerous due to strong currents and hidden snags and rocks.

For the latest flood information visit bom.gov.au.

For assistance from the SES call 132500 or in life threatening emergencies call 000.

 

UPDATE: Sunday, 9:43am

Latest BOM warning issued this morning at 4:36am:

MINOR FLOOD WARNING FOR THE WILSONS AT LISMORE AND RICHMOND RIVER AT CORAKI AND DOWNSTREAM
Issued at 4:36 am EDT on Sunday 3 March 2013
Flood Warning Number: 5

An average of 96 mm of rain has fallen over the Wilsons valley in the past 30 hours to 3am Saturday morning. Rainfall rates have eased since midnight.

Predicted River Heights/Flows:
Lismore - peak near 5 metres around 3pm Sunday afternoon with minor flooding

Coraki - exceed minor flood level (3.4 metres) around midday Sunday with peak near 3.9 metres around 3am Monday morning with minor flooding

Bungawalbin - exceed minor flood level (3.0 metres) around midday Sunday with peak near 3.8 metres around 5am Monday morning with minor flooding

Latest River Heights:

  • Richmond R at Wiangaree  5.62m steady  04:00 AM SUN 03/03/13
  • Richmond R at Kyogle  9.22m rising  04:00 AM SUN 03/03/13
  • Richmond R at Casino  6.03m rising  04:00 AM SUN 03/03/13
  • Eden Ck at Doubtful  7.93m rising  04:00 AM SUN 03/03/13
  • Shannon Brook at Yorklea  6.82m rising  04:00 AM SUN 03/03/13
  • Leycester Ck at Rock Valley  4.31m rising  04:30 AM SUN 03/03/13
  • Goolmangar Ck at Nimbin  3.98m steady  04:28 AM SUN 03/03/13
  • Back Ck at Bentley  5.13m steady  04:30 AM SUN 03/03/13
  • Terania Ck at The Channon  4.49m steady  03:56 AM SUN 03/03/13
  • Coopers Ck at Repentance  2.33m steady  04:24 AM SUN 03/03/13
  • Wilsons R at Nashua  3.54m steady  04:15 AM SUN 03/03/13
  • Coopers Ck at Corndale  6.43m steady  04:28 AM SUN 03/03/13
  • Wilsons R at Eltham  8.04m steady  04:19 AM SUN 03/03/13
  • Wilsons R at Woodlawn (mAHD)  5.55m rising  04:24 AM SUN 03/03/13
  • Leycester Ck at Tuncester (mAHD)  5.25m steady  04:31 AM SUN 03/03/13
  • Wilsons R at Lismore (mAHD)  4.62m rising  04:29 AM SUN 03/03/13
  • Richmond R at Coraki  3.28m rising  03:30 AM SUN 03/03/13
  • Myrtle Ck at Rappville  3.43m steady  04:00 AM SUN 03/03/13
  • Richmond R at Bungawalbyn  3.1m rising  03:30 AM SUN 03/03/13
  • Richmond R at Woodburn  2.39m steady  03:30 AM SUN 03/03/13

For latest rainfall and river level information see www.bom.gov.au/nsw/flood/

 

RAIN CONTINUES: Northern Star reporter, Rebecca Lollback photographed these umbrellas at the Casino and District Annual Flower Show on Saturday morning as the region faces more flooding.
RAIN CONTINUES: Northern Star reporter, Rebecca Lollback photographed these umbrellas at the Casino and District Annual Flower Show on Saturday morning as the region faces more flooding. Rebecca Lollback

SATURDAY, March 2, 2013: 

THE Australian Government Bureau of Meteorology New South Wales (BOM) has issued a new minor flood warning for the Wilsons River at Lismore.

The warning, issued at 2pm Saturday, predicts the river will reach a peak of 4.2metres around 1am Sunday, March 3.

An average of 60 millimetres of rain has fallen during the past 24 hours to 2pm today and although rainfall has eased since 9am this morning, minor flooding can be expected around Lismore early Sunday morning, the bureau said .
 

FloodSafe advice is available at www.ses.nsw.gov.au

For emergency assistance call the SES on telephone number 132 500.

For life threatening emergencies, call 000 immediately.

For the latest weather forecast see www.bom.gov.au/nsw/forecasts/



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