Byron CBD cops a dumping

A woman walks through flood waters in Lawson Street.
A woman walks through flood waters in Lawson Street.

As quick as it came it was gone, but in two hours on Tuesday morning torrential rain caused minor flooding in Byron Bay’s CBD and temporarily closed one street.

Duty observer for the Bureau of Meteorology at Coffs Harbour Roger Brown said Byron Bay had received about 22.8mm from 5am to 9am on Tuesday and then a further 87.6mm from 9am to 11.30am making a total of 110.4mm or 4.3 inches.

He said the rain had been caused by a weak trough located in the east of NSW.

The rain caused minor flooding in Jonson, Byron, Lawson, Fletcher and Marvell Streets.

Byron Street from Jonson to Fletcher Streets was closed to traffic for several hours while the front yards of many residences in Marvell Street were well under water.

While no businesses were forced to close, the rain kept most people at home with the CBD almost deserted.

The NRMA road service made 23 call outs to stranded motorists.

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