More flash flooding likely, warns BOM
Update, 2.43pm: THE Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) warns more flash flooding could be on the way in the next few hours.
BOM issued a warning at 2.12pm stating severe thunderstorms are likely to produce heavy rainfall and possible flash flooding in Casino, Kyogle and surrounding areas.
As usual, the SES has offered the following advice:
· Keep clear of creeks and storm drains.
· Don't walk, ride your bike or drive through flood water.
· If you are trapped by flash flooding, seek refuge in the highest available place and ring 000 if you need rescue.
· Unplug computers and appliances.
· Avoid using the phone during the storm.
· Stay indoors away from windows, and keep children and pets indoors as well.
· For emergency help in floods and storms ring the SES on 132 500.
For more information visit the bureau's website at www.bom.gov.au or call 1300 659 218.
The next warning is due to be issued by 5:15 pm.
Initial story, 11.49am: STATE Emergency Service Northern Rivers spent the start of the New Year battling the effects of flash flooding, including vehicle rescues, brought on by slow-moving storm surges.
SES spokesman Dave Buchtmann said local crews received a Bureau of Meteorology alert about 1.20pm, before the storms hit, bringing over 70mm of rain to areas in less than an hour.
Catchments around Mullumbimby, Goonengerry, Nimbin and Main Arm and Coopers Creek were unable to hold the deluge.
"We had some flash flooding on low-lying roads and causeways, which required our attention," Mr Buchtmann said.
"There was a flood rescue at Main Arm Rd, some cars were washed off the road into the river, but everyone has been accounted for we believe.
"We also received reports about people being cut off near Kohinoor Hall. They had a New Year's party and with the heavy rainfall and low lying causeways, they couldn't get back."
Most SES volunteers finished up by about 5am this morning, but Mullumbimby crews were still attending to subsidence (landslides), fallen trees and sandbagging-related jobs as of 10.30am.
Goonengerry received close to 300mm of rain in 24 hours, according to Mr Buchtmann.
"It's not often we get rain like that, but it's not completely out of the blue," he said.
"It wasn't as bad in Goonengerry as Mullumbimby because heavy rain can fall in isolated areas and not have significant impacts on flooding."
Mr Buchtmann said more rain today or tonight could bring further flooding of low-lying roads and causeways, which could cause "minor isolations" to some community members.
Should further flooding and storms occur, stay well clear of floodwater and call the SES on 132 500 if you need emergency help.
As of 5.39am, the Bureau of Meteorology cancelled a severe thunderstorm warning for New South Wales, but showers are forecast for today and the coming days.