STORM CLOUDS BREWING: Weather over Myocum and, below, Stuart Ferguson, local SES controller in the Lismore headquarters with the storm and emergency equipment behind him.
STORM CLOUDS BREWING: Weather over Myocum and, below, Stuart Ferguson, local SES controller in the Lismore headquarters with the storm and emergency equipment behind him. Patrick Gorbunovs Jacklyn Wagner

SES prepares for major flooding

LOCAL State Emergency Services are bracing for a possible major flood event for the Richmond, Wilsons and Brunswick Valley, beginning late tonight and extending through Monday.

The culprit is ex-cyclone Oswald, which yesterday wreaked havoc to the central Queensland city of Rockhampton, cutting all Telstra communication lines to the district after a record 300mm fell in 24 hours.

The Bureau of Meteorology last night suggested there was a greater than 75% chance of major as well as flash flooding right down the NSW coast from the border to the lower Hunter as the storm spins south.

Forecasts suggest that the rain depression will deliver in excess of 300mm before skies begin to clear from Wednesday.

Stuart Ferguson local SES controller pictured in the Lismore SES headquarters behind him the storm and emergency equipment. Photo Jacklyn Wagner / The Northern Star
Stuart Ferguson local SES controller pictured in the Lismore SES headquarters behind him the storm and emergency equipment. Photo Jacklyn Wagner / The Northern Star Jacklyn Wagner

 

Along with rain there will be rough seas to above five metres and with high tides greater than 1.6m there will be beach erosion in susceptible places.

As is the way with tropical weather systems, the forecast models keep changing their minds in the lead up to D-day.

Of course the rain could be less … and it might be more, so that's why residents should stay tuned to weather forecast updates and trawl the bureau's excellent site (bom.com.au) including the "interactive weather and wave forecast maps". A link exists on the front page.

SES controller Stuart Ferguson said his volunteers always prepared for the worst. And the region's three swiftwater technicians, Scott Ferguson, Rod Kinnish and Paul Von Bratt were checking their gear.

Flood patterns

Kyogle and Casino are affected by rain in the upper Richmond.

Lismore is hampered by rain falling on the southern slopes of the caldera filling Wilsons, Leycester and Back Creeks.

Coraki and Woodburn need both these arms to flood as well as significant rain around Whiporie to fill the Bungawalbyn.



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