Flood Warnings Remain for Northern NSW

Flood Warnings Remain for Northern NSW
Heavy flooding is seen along the Shoalhaven River at Terara near the town of Nowra on August 10, 2020 in Nowra, Australia. (Brook Mitchell/Getty Images)

Heavy rain and flooding is continuing across northern NSW as rivers swell and residents there endure another soggy day and face a huge clean-up.

The Bureau of Meteorology has issued a severe weather warning for heavy rain and abnormally high tides for parts of the northern rivers and mid-north coast.

Flooding is widespread around the northern rivers and evacuation orders remain in places north of Murwillumbah, Condong and Tumbulgum.

An evacuation warning remains for south Murwillumbah and also low lying areas north of Macksville, where minor flooding is occurring.

The order came after the Tweed River burst its banks near Tumbulgum on Dec. 15, with minor to moderate flooding in the area.

The SES says while rain is still around, roads will be flooded and the rivers are swollen.

There’s a risk of flash flooding when high tide occurs around 10 a.m. on Wednesday, with warnings for multiple rivers including the Richmond, Clarence, Wilsons, Bellinger, McLean and Hastings.

Minor flooding is possible along the Macleay River at Kempsey, as well as along the Camden Haven River at Laurieton. Meanwhile the Nambucca River at Bowraville has fallen below the minor flood level.

Flood waters have peaked at Glenreagh with moderate flooding. Moderate flooding is also occurring at Coutts Crossing with further rises expected.

The SES attended 85 jobs overnight and has performed 24 flood rescues since the extreme weather began on the weekend.

In total the SES has attended more than 1016 jobs.

“The majority of those jobs are fixing leaking roofs and damage due to heavy rainfall or trees down due to strong winds and we’re also getting requests for sandbags,” and SES spokeswoman said on Wednesday.

It has been a wild week of weather in NSW and Queensland.

A low pressure system causing strong wind and heavy rainfall combined with king tides to wash away much of Byron Bay’s Main Beach on Monday.

On the Gold Coast the weather system also caused massive coastal erosion, with the surf club at Currumbin becoming an island.