Carparks in the Lismore CBD were quickly inundated.
Carparks in the Lismore CBD were quickly inundated.

SES issues moderate flood warning for Richmond River

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UPDATE, 6.45pm: MODERATE flooding is expected at Coraki and Bungawalbin this evening after heavy rainfall in the area.

This heavy rainfall has caused renewed river level rises in the Richmond River at Coraki and Bungawalbin.

The SES says river levels at Coraki and Bungawalbin Junction may reach moderate flood levels.

River levels at Woodburn may reach minor flood levels this evening.

A minor flood warning is still current for the Wilsons River at Lismore.

The Richmond River at Coraki is currently at 4.86m and rising with minor flooding.

The Richmond River at Coraki is expected to reach around the moderate flood level (5m), with further rises possible with future rainfall.

The Richmond River at Bungawalbin is currently at 4.43m and rising with minor flooding. It is expected to reach around the moderate flood level (4.50m) with further rises possible with future rainfall.

The Richmond River at Woodburn may reach the minor flood level (3.20m) around 8pm Wednesday, with further rises possible with future rainfall.

What we are expecting:

  • Possible local flooding in and around Bungawalbin Creek with extensive rural inundation south-west of Coraki
  • Water reaches the top of the river bank near the Coraki Caravan Park
  • Coraki Caravan Park will become inundated with flood water
  • Ellangowan Road may close between Springville road and the Coraki Cemetery Road
  • Farmers along low-lying parts of Ellangowan Road should consider moving livestock to higher ground
  • At Bungawalbin, minor flooding of low lying roads and rural areas
  • At Woodburn, there may be water over the Woodburn to Coraki Road.

 

UPDATE, 6pm: A SEVERE weather warning is still current for the Northern Rivers, the SES has warned.

Heavy rainfall, which may lead to flash flooding, is currently occurring in the Northern Rivers district, and may continue this evening.

"Thunderstorms still have the potential localised heavy rainfall that may lead to dangerous flash flooding in this region," the SES posted on its Facebook page.

"Locations which may be affected include Lismore, Grafton, Byron Bay, Ballina, Casino, Brunswick Heads, Evans Head, Yamba and Maclean."

If you require SES assistance including sandbags, call 132 500. If it is a life-threatening emergency call 000.

 

UPDATE, 4.45pm: THE SES is urging people to stay out of the Lismore CBD as heavy rain continues to lash the city.

>>> CHAOTIC: 102 calls for help, 9 flood rescues in Lismore

A spokesman for the SES said they had received more than 100 calls for help and conducted nine flood rescues.

Lismore has copped more than 170mm of rain since 9am.

There are no official evacuation plans in place for the CBD at this stage, but the SES says people should totally avoid the area.

"Businesses should enact their flood safe plan," the SES spokesman said.

"We are seeing businesses impacted in the Lismore CBD. If people don't need to be there, they should leave.

"People should monitor the NSW SES Facebook page and the Bureau of Meteorology website for updated warnings.

"This is an unfolding situation."

SES Northern Division Commander Steve Tobin urged people to stay calm.

He said the SES and police were in the process of releasing some flood information updates.

"We are not activating any evacuations in Lismore at the moment," he said.

"If you have a flood plan then do activate it but otherside we ask people to use common sense."

The northern lane of Wyrallah Rd is now closed after floodwaters have risen to threaten shops. Picture: Alison Paterson
The northern lane of Wyrallah Rd is now closed after floodwaters have risen to threaten shops. Picture: Alison Paterson

UPDATE, 4pm: THE following Lismore streets in and around the CBD are closed, or may be impacted by floodwaters, but please check myroadinfo for updates:

>>> 'CHAOTIC': 155mm of rain in two hours, 71 calls for help

  • Avondale Avenue, Between Short Street and Second Avenue, East Lismore (Closed)
  • Water over road.
  • Ballina Road at Diadem Street Intersection (Closed)
  • Brewster Street, Near the Square (Closed)
  • Dawson Street, near Leycester Street (Closed)
  • Molesworth Street, Between Zadoc and Orion Streets, Lismore (Closed)
  • Woodlawn Road (Closed)
  • Wyrallah Road (RR742)
  • Wyrallah Road, Near East Lismore Treatment Works (Closed).

 

UPDATE, 3pm: LISMORE City Council has urged people to avoid the Lismore CBD as flash-flooding impacts the area.

"There is significant flash flooding happening now in the Lismore CBD," the council said.

"Please avoid the CBD if possible and never drive through floodwater.

"Please stay calm, exercise caution and be safe."

The northern lane of Wyrallah Rd has meanwhile been closed as floodwaters and risen to threaten shops.

Water is seeping over the footpath and the butcher shop on the corner of Edmonds St and Wyrallah Rd appears to be flooded.

The northern lane of Wyrallah Rd is now closed after floodwaters have risen to threaten shops. Picture: Alison Paterson
The northern lane of Wyrallah Rd is now closed after floodwaters have risen to threaten shops. Picture: Alison Paterson

UPDATE 12.40PM: SES Lismore said they have received report of flash flooding around Woodlark St, Dawsons St  and Brewster St and the oval area in front of The Square shopping centre.

The SES has advised drivers to slow down and be aware of water on the roads. 

"The pumps will kick in and the water will drain but until that happens we need you to be extra careful," the SES said.

"Please do no go near open drains around the ovals, during these times they are particularly dangerous.

UPDATE, 12.20pm: ALTHOUGH the SES says floodwaters have peaked and are now receding, Lismore has still copped a whopping 45mm of rain since 9am today.

The other highest rainfall totals in the region since 9am are:

  • Goolmangar 25mm
  • The Channon 35mm
  • Tuncester 19mm
  • Dunoon 13mm.

And the rain is still coming down in Lismore, with the Bureau of Meteorology radar showing more of the wet stuff to fall throughout the day.

>>> FOUR DAYS OF HELL: Full wrap up of our wild weather

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"A low pressure trough, which has brought widespread rainfall and flooding to the northern New South Wales coast, is weakening but will remain nearby for the coming days," BoM explains.

"Meanwhile, another trough over inland districts is forecast to develop from today, as a cold front passes to the south.

"This pattern will bring further showers and thunderstorms to the eastern half for the remainder of the week, and gradually contract to the northeast quarter during the weekend."

The flooded rowing club carpark. Photo: Lismore City SES.
The flooded rowing club carpark. Photo: Lismore City SES.

Original story: THE Wilsons River peaked at Lismore around the moderate flood level and is now falling slowly, the SES has said.

However a severe weather warning for heavy rainfall is still current for parts of the Northern Rivers.

A minor to moderate flood warning is current for the Richmond River.

>>> After the storm: Roads still closed, floodwaters recede

Minor flooding is occurring along the Wilsons River.

The Wilsons River at Lismore (AHD) peaked at 7.20m around 11pm last night with moderate flooding.

What to expect

  • People upstream of the Rowing Club River Gauge should allow for a level at least half a metre higher than the gauge reading due to the flood slope
  • Residents and businesses in the Lismore Basin may experience localised flash flooding prior to river rises
  • A number of low lying rural roads may be flooded.

Based on the prediction provided by the Bureau of Meteorology it is expected the following locations may be affected:

  • Low lying farmland and rural properties
  • Hensley Car Park next to Sportspower near Fawcett's Bridge
  • Lower Rowing Club Car Park.

For emergency help in floods and storms, call the NSW State Emergency Service on 132 500. In life threatening situations call triple zero (000) immediately.



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