Bev Lacey

Flooding possible, but rain should ease

A SEVERE weather warning has been issued for the Northern Rivers. 

At 2.40pm Friday, the Bureau of Meteorology issued the warning for the Far North Coast.

The warning stated they had received some reports of localised flooding. 

Murwillumbah SES controller Chris Chrisostomos said while they had received some calls for help throughout the day, no main arterial roads were flooded at this point. 

Source: Bureau of Meteorology
Source: Bureau of Meteorology

"At the moment we don't have a flooding problem," Mr Chrisostomos said. 

"We have some in isolation, some water in cane fields and threatening cutting off those narrow valleys."

About 2.45pm, he said crews were helping a teenaged girl to cross a flooded causeway near Uki.

There is water across the flats at Tanglewood, north of Wooyung. 

Mr Chrisostomos advised residents to take the Pacific Mwy to avoid the area. 

There are flooded causeways off Kyogle Rd, Uki. 

There have also been reports of water over Kennedy Dr.

Residents who are flooded in are urged not to cross the causeways to leave the area. 

In Tumbulgum, water is lapping the banks of Riverside Dr. 

A spokesperson for the Tumbulgum Tavern said "if it rains one more day we'll probably be in trouble". 

Residents with cattle have been advised to shift their stock and lift their water pumps.

Campers have been advised to stay aware of their surroundings, particularly when camping near creeks and tributaries. 

Campers should check the Bureau of Meteorology website and listen to local radio frequently for weather updates and be prepared to relocate if rising water threatens their site.

"Everything is saturated and if we have another three or four hours of heavy rain upstream then we will have all those river gauges rising quickly because we have very narrow valleys," Mr Chrisostomos said.

The Tweed area is currently experiencing moderate to heavy rainfall, which is expected to ease overnight. 

Tweed rain gauge watcher Wal Smith reports that we've had 210mm of rain this week to 1pm today.

As of 3pm Friday, all flights due to land at Gold Coast Airport were being diverted to Brisbane. 

It is understood transport via bus was being provided to affected passengers.

The State Emergency Service advises that people should:

  • Don't drive, ride or walk through flood water.
  • Keep clear of creeks and storm drains.
  • If you are trapped by flash flooding, seek refuge in the highest available place and ring 000 if you need rescue.

For emergency help in floods and storms, ring your local SES Unit on 132 500.

The next Bureau of Meteorology warning will be issued at 11pm NSW. 





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