Lismore City SES volunteers (from left) Neil Coulter, Sebastian Enmark and John Ludlow are among those off to the North West Region to assist emergency efforts.
Lismore City SES volunteers (from left) Neil Coulter, Sebastian Enmark and John Ludlow are among those off to the North West Region to assist emergency efforts. Jacklyn Wagner

Region put on flood watch

LOCAL SES crews will spend the next few days assisting emergency services in Inverell after the North Coast was put on flood watch yesterday.

The Northern Rivers was spared major flooding as of last night, however areas in the Northern Tablelands experienced their heaviest rains in years.

Glen Innes has had its heaviest rain in more than two years, receiving 90mm, which also breaks a 130-year November record for daily rainfall, according to WeatherZone reports, while Murwillumbah also recorded heavy downpours of more than 100mm.

"We have had a crew of nine volunteers go out to Inverell," unit controller Stuart Ferguson of Lismore SES said.

"We had volunteers from Tabulam and Casino crews tasked to storm and water crews out there," Mr Ferguson said.

"That area is getting a lot of rain and our crews will be tasked with roof repairs and tree damage work such as limbs on roofs or trees down.

"We were expecting more rain on the Northern Rivers and we were on standby.

"We get the bulk of our information from the Bureau of Meteorology from computer modelling and it's very good. We knew there was a significant rain event on the way, but the difficulty is predicting exactly where it will fall."

Having an early warning of potential heavy rain events was crucial for the SES volunteers, Mr Ferguson said: "It means, for us, we can put our volunteers on standby and they can give their employers notice that they may be needed. It smoothes things out for us.

"Often these events don't end up as serious as expected, but at least we are prepared," he said.

In the Lismore area, only three callouts were received for leaking residential roofs, while in Ballina a callout was received for the Community Health Centre - see story below.

Meanwhile police across the region were busy with minor car accidents caused by the wet weather, with crashes occurring on Bangalow, Wyrallah, Uralba and Nimbin roads, as well as the Bruxner Hwy, while powerlines were down on James Rd at the Bruxner Hwy.

WEATHER AHEAD

Lismore: Today, 19-25°C. Rain

Tomorrow, 20-28°C. Rain

Sunday, 17-31°C. Clearing showers

Monday, 18-29°C. Late showers

Tuesday, 19-28°C. Possible showers

 

Ballina: Today, 19-26°C. Rain

Tomorrow, 20-27°C. Rain

Sunday, 18-30°C. Clearing showers

Monday, 19-28°C. Late shower

Tuesday, 20-27°C. Possible shower

 

Source: Weatherzone.



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