The evacuation order for Lismore is given by the SES.
The evacuation order for Lismore is given by the SES. Marc Stapelberg

ROLLING: Seven people in waist high flood water

THURSDAY 10.08pm:  LISMORE Mayor Isaac Smith has issued the following statement to residents.

It is becoming very clear that we are going to a major flood event in Lismore.

This means the levee will overtop and the whole Lismore basin will flood. The levee was built to overtop at 10.6m but given the rate of water rise it could overtop when the lismore rowing club gauge shows 10.3.

Please do not wait till tomorrow to evacuate the Lismore CBD, North Lismore or South Lismore as you may need to be rescued.

Keep an eye on updates overnight from SES and council.

UPDATE, 6pm: SEVEN people are stuck in waist high water at Goolmangar on Nimbin Rd after reportedly attempting to drive through floodwaters.

SES spokesman Brent Hunter said at this stage a boat was being sought to assist the stricken party. 

Across the Richmond-Tweed region here are now 18 simultaneous flood rescues.

UPDATE, 3.20pm: AN EMERGENCY is unfolding at Terania Creek where five people are stranded in a paddock between two areas of rising floodwater.

An SES spokeswoman said crews were unable to access the area and a helicopter would be required. However, the SES helicopter is currently unable to fly due to dangerous flying conditions.

Five other flood rescues are still ongoing across the region, including at The Channon, Goolmangar, Uki, and Chillingham.

SES crews have responded to 25 flood rescue call outs today.

Almost all of them relate to people stuck in their vehicles in floodwaters.

In total there has been 563 requests for assistance. 

UPDATE, 1pm: STATE Emergency Service crews are dealing with a spike in flood rescue requests north of Lismore and as rain continues to hammer the region.

Richmond Tweed SES spokeswoman Janet Pettit said there had been 16 flood rescue call outs since yesterday.

In Uki, a woman whose car became trapped in floodwaters earlier this morning has managed to walk out on foot to a covered shelter area.

However, the woman may be forced to wait out the flood as the shelter is surrounded by floodwaters and the SES are unable to access the area.

A similar situation is unfolding near Nimbin where a car was stuck in floodwater and its sole occupant is trying to access higher ground on foot.

Elsewhere, a resident on Jiggi Rd Georgica may need to be evacuated after reporting storm water running underneath their home.

A medical request for assistance was also received from the Dunoon area, but again crews are unable to access the area.

The SES has responded to 400 jobs since yesterday.

Ms Pettit said the rain was predicted to increase, and the region was also looking at destructive winds tomorrow courtesy of ex-Tropical Cyclone Debbie.

"We're prefer people to stay home and stay off the roads," she said.

Water over Dunoon Road, North Lismore.
Water over Dunoon Road, North Lismore. Marc Stapelberg

The SES is advising people to not attend the Lismore SES office for sandbags, as they are running out.

Instead residents should phone 13 2500 to register for sandbags and they will be told where to pick them up.
From their Facebook page:

"If you require sandbags, call the NSW SES on 132 500, lodge your request with the call operators (be patient, they may be working pretty hard with high call volumes).

"Let the call operators know approximately how many sandbags you will require or what you require them for (e.g. enough to lay for a double garage entrance).

"Write down the reference number they give you as you will need to take that with you.

"Once you have called in your request for sandbags you can get sandbags... from the Recycling and Recovery Centre on Wyrallah Rd.

ORIGINAL: EMERGENCY services are urgently trying to access an alternative route to a woman who is cut off by floodwaters on Main Arm Rd at Mullumbimby.

A Richmond Tweed SES spokesman said the woman had attempted to relocate some of her horses, which became stranded in a paddock in the deluge.

She reportedly began suffering breathing difficulties before triple-0 call was made.

Paramedics were alerted to the incident at 10.15am this morning.

However emergency services were unable to access the area because Main Arm Rd is unpassable at Coral Avenue near the Mullumbimby Showground.

The spokesman said there was a possibility the Westpac helicopter may be deployed to airlift the woman.

Upper Main Arm has received 188mm of rain in the last 24 hours.

Several other flood rescues are happening in the Tweed Shire, including one rescue at Uki and at least three in Murwillumbah, the spokesman said.

One person is reportedly trapped near a bridge at Uki but SES crews cannot access the area due to flooding.

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