SES makes plea to motorists

THE SES is pleading with motorists not to drive through floodwaters following six flood rescues on the Northern Rivers yesterday.

SES Richmond-Tweed region controller, Stuart Ferguson, said crews were working until 1am this morning rescuing stranded motorists at Binna Burra, Corndale and Springvale.

At 9am the Bureau of Meteorology issued a severe weather and flash flood warning for the Northern Rivers as well as  a moderate flood warning for the Wilson and Richmond rivers and a minor warning for the Tweed River.

Moderate flooding is current along the Wilsons River at Lismore where the river is expected to peak around midday today.

In the Richmond Valley, minor flooding is current at Coraki and Bungawalbyn.

Flood waters from Richmond Valley combined with flows from the Wilsons Valley are expected to cause minor to moderate flooding at Coraki tomorrow.

Rainfall has eased across the Wilsons and Richmond river valleys since 4pm yesterday, however, further rainfall is forecast for today and early Friday which could produce some further river rises.

The situation is being closely monitored and revised predictions issued if necessary.

The Wilson River is expected to peak in Lismore near 7.8 metres around 1pm today with moderate flooding of Casino Road Bridge with flood waters not expected to peak around Coraki until 6am tomorrow.

Meanwhile Essential Energy is working this morning to restore power to about 300 households across the North Coast who lost electricity  as a result of last night's storms.



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