Acting Region Controller Richmond SES Wayne Pettit (back left) with volunteers Beth and Russell Green and Patricia Smithy (front) at The State Emergency Centre in Goonellabah.
Acting Region Controller Richmond SES Wayne Pettit (back left) with volunteers Beth and Russell Green and Patricia Smithy (front) at The State Emergency Centre in Goonellabah.

On edge of wild storm

THE NORTHERN Rivers copped the edge of a wild weather system during the weekend, with Evans Head recording the highest rainfall in the state.

The region was yet to experience any significant flooding yesterday but authorities were prepared for more rain last night.

The State Emergency Service (SES) issued a severe weather and flash-flood warning for the Northern Rivers, warning residents in Nashua, Houghlahans Creek, Maguires Creek, Tuckombil, Meerschaum Vale and Bagotville to monitor the weather conditions.

The Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) predicted a 70% chance of moderate-to-major flooding in the Brunswick and Richmond/Wilson valleys from yesterday.

The usual suspects were the first to go under after the weekend rain, including causeways on Houghlahans Creek Road and Wardell Road at Meerschaum Vale.

Coolgardie Road at Coolgardie was closed as was Kirklands Crossing on Friday Hut Road.

The SES attended a residence in Bagotville yesterday where water from surrounding creeks threatened to inundate the home.

Residents in Mullumbimby also received sandbags from the SES for protection. .

The SES also responded to calls about a leaky roof in Ballina and a tree down in Mullumbimby.

Despite Evans Head recording 193mm of rain in the 24 hours until 9am yesterday – the highest in NSW for that period – there were no calls for assistance and residents seemed unfazed by the torrential downpour.

Richmond/Tweed SES acting deputy region controller Wayne Pettit said the lower part of the Northern Rivers and the Mid-North Coast were most likely to be affected by flooding.

“The BOM is expecting 50-100 mm (last night) widespread in the Northern Rivers and possibly 150 mm in isolated areas south of Ballina,” he said.

The rain also proved troublesome for motorists after localised flooding north of Coffs Harbour caused delays on the Pacific Highway.

Northbound traffic at Corindi Beach was queued for more than 3km after one lane of the highway had to be closed due to heavy rainfall.

The forecast today is for heavy rainfall easing to areas of rain in the evening.



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