Homeless man Roni fishes beside the Wilsons River under Lismore’s Fawcett Bridge yesterday as floodwaters peakbelow the minor flood level.
Homeless man Roni fishes beside the Wilsons River under Lismore’s Fawcett Bridge yesterday as floodwaters peakbelow the minor flood level. Cathy Adams

Water-logged motorist rescued

WITH glorious sunshine yesterday and little rain recorded in the past 24 hours, rising rivers and creeks from Wednesday night’s drenching caught many motorists off guard.

Police have reported an abundance of swamped vehicles abandoned around the region and, following several rescues, have pleaded with motorists not to drive or walk through floodwaters.

A distressed woman had to be rescued after her vehicle stalled while trying to cross a swollen creek on McKinnons Road at Boatharbour, near Lismore, yesterday morning.

After a day of fine weather, locals reported that creeks around Eltham and Boatharbour were falling rapidly on Thursday night, after they rose suddenly as floodwaters made their way down the Wilsons River catching many off guard.

The Wilsons River peaked in Lismore justbelow the minor floodlevel about 9am yesterday.

The Fawcett Bridge homeless people who featured in The Northern Star on Thursday were happy to see the river peak below their campfire area, but fishing prospects had dwindled with the arrival of the muddy floodwaters.

“We can move the camp back up to the top, but we don’t worry until we’re touching the bridge,” one quipped.

The weather bureau has finalised all flood warnings for the Northern Rivers, but a strong wind warning remains.

Forecasts for the weekend indicate a few showers today, while Sunday is expected to be mostly fine across the Northern Rivers.



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