Northern Rivers on flood watch

THE Northern Rivers is set for a drenching today with the Bureau of Meteorology issuing a minor flood warning for parts of the region.

About 107 mm of rain has fallen in the Wilsons River catchment in the 60 hours up until 7am today.

However, the rain has intensified in the past 24 hours.

The BOM has predicted more heavy rain in the next 12 hours and has subsequently issued a minor flood warning for Lismore.

It is expected the Wilsons River at Lismore will reach minor flood level, at 4.3 metres, around 6pm today.

The Tweed Valley has copped the brunt of the deluge over the past few days, recording up to 420 mm over the last three days.

The Tweed River at Murwillumbah is expected to exceed minor flood level at 1pm today before reaching moderate flood level at 3pm when the river rises to 4.5 metres.

SES advises people not to drive through flood waters.

For emergency assistance call the SES on telephone number 132 500



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