NSW SES continues to help flood-affected communities

NSW SES members continue to help flood-affected communities as major flooding and record rainfall hit parts of North East New South Wales.

There are currently 16 evacuation orders in place, affecting over 26,000 people, and 5 evacuation warnings in place, also affecting 12,000 people in the North Rivers and Central North Coast. NSW SES continues to respond to requests for assistance from the community with the support of our partner agencies, and have responded to over 1,300 jobs since midnight last night, including 69 flood rescues.

In the northern rivers, many of our members, whose homes were also flooded just a month ago, have been helping. Major flooding inundated Lismore for the second time in a month as the levee was overtopped this morning, and flash flooding inundated parts of Ballina and Byron Bay. While the rain has eased, the Bureau of Meteorology warned that heavy downpours are still possible throughout the day.

For the rest of the day, the focus shifted to the central north coast, with some places experiencing intense localized rainfall and life-threatening flash and riverine flooding. The Bureau said the weather system remains dynamic and there is uncertainty about where the heaviest rain will fall. In addition to wet weather, strong winds are expected along the coast throughout the week, and there is a risk of landslides and falling trees. Transport for NSW has urged motorists to avoid traveling to flood-affected areas due to many major roads damaged by the rains and resulting landslides.

NSW SES has deployed additional people, vehicles, boats and helicopters to affected areas, but we are urging communities to act as soon as possible as weather systems can change quickly.

Stay up to date with the latest information by listening to the emergency services, checking the NSW SES website, NSW SES Facebook page, your local SES Facebook page, Live Traffic, listening to your local news and staying in touch with leaders of your community. Do not drive through flood waters.

Photo: The Mortons Creek Rd bridge on the Beechwood side is well under water this morning.

Photo: Overflowing Lismore Dyke, photo taken at 11.50am.

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