On Monday morning strong winds brought a tree down onto the roof of Des and Esther Rickenberg's home on the intersection of Invercauld Road and Castlereagh Drive in Goonellabah. Photo Cathy Adams / The Northern Star
On Monday morning strong winds brought a tree down onto the roof of Des and Esther Rickenberg's home on the intersection of Invercauld Road and Castlereagh Drive in Goonellabah. Photo Cathy Adams / The Northern Star Cathy Adams

Residents warned to stay home with flood warning upgraded

LISMORE myor Jenny Dowell is warning residents to postpone any unnecessary travel and stay at home with moderate flood warnings predicted for the Richmond and Wilsons Rivers.

Cr Dowell said the Lismore Region was faring better than areas around Murwillumbah where the Tweed River was rising fast.

Lismore mayor Jenny Dowell
Lismore mayor Jenny Dowell

 

In response to the requests for assistance and information, Cr Dowell said Lismore City Council will open their contact centre at 6.30am to update people with the latest road information.

"Lots of people are ringing in with requests for help but we expect tomorrow lots of people will be ringing to find out about roads that are open," she said.

"Council is opening the contact centre for calls at 6:30am tomorrow morning - 1300 87 83 87 for people wanting road info for travel to work 1300 87 83 87 for people wanting road info for travel to work," Cr Dowell posted on Facebook.

"The contact centre will be particularly useful for people who don't have access to www.myroadinfo.com.au.

"For all other enquiries if people could call within regular business hours."

Around Lismore Cr Dowell said council had received numerous calls for assistance about trees across roads.

"I am getting numerous reports about trees down and our crews are out and about, they worked all night and they are still out," she said.

"I think the flooding situation for us is under control.

"Lismore is a city that copes well with floods and it does not look at this stage like it is going to be a major flood event."

Cr Dowell pleaded with residents to postpone any unnecessary travel and if people do have to drive she warned them to take care.

"There is a lot of debris on the road and motorists should drive to the conditions and take extreme care," she said.

River levels are still rising across the region and the Bureau of Meteorology is reporting water levels in Goolmangar Creek at Nimbin, Leycester Creek at Tuncester, Wilsons River at Woodlawn, Lismore, East Gundurimba, and Tuckurimba, and the Richmond River at Casino, Kyogle and Woodburn are all rising.

The majority of other river and creek levels around the region are remaining steady.

For the latest flood advice and information visit the weather bureau's website.

 




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