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Warnings: Hazardous surf, Flood Watch in place

UPDATE 9.15am: A Strong Wind Warning for the Byron and Coffs coast is in place for today and tomorrow.

With hazardous surf warnings and predictions of more rain, extra caution is advised on the coast. See warnings below.

 

 

UPDATE Monday 8AM: The Bureau of Meteorology has issued a hazardous surf warning for: the Byron Coast and a Minor Flood Watch for the Wilsons, Brunswick and Tweed Rivers remains in place.

NSW Police Force, Marine Area Command advise that:

  • People should consider staying out of the water and avoid walking near surf-exposed areas.
  • Rock fishers should avoid coastal rock platforms exposed to the ocean and seek a safe location that is sheltered from the surf.
  • Boaters planning to cross shallow water and ocean bars should consider changing or delaying their voyage.
  • Boaters already on the water should carry the appropriate safety equipment and wear a lifejacket.
  • Boaters should remember to log on with their local Marine Rescue radio base, via VHF Radio or the Marine Rescue APP, and consider their safety management plan.

 

UPDATE 1PM: The Bureau of Meteorology forecasts the Far North Coast may get between 100-200mm of rain over the next four days.

Heavy rainfalls are predicted closer to the QLD border, with 30-60mm likely to fall on Monday.

Between 45-70mm was expected on Tuesday.

 

UPDATE 12PM: The SES has renewed it's warning for possible flooding across the Northern Rivers in coming days.

It says minor flooding is possible for the Tweed, Brunswick, Richmond and Wilsons rivers from early in the coming week. 

Heavy rainfall associated with a deepening low pressure trough off the northern coast has the potential to cause minor flooding in parts of the Northern Rivers and Bellinger River early next week.

The catchments likely to be impacted are saturated from recent rainfall, which increases the risk of flooding. 

River rises are expected in the flood watch catchments in response to the forecast rain and minor flooding may develop in parts of the Northern Rivers and Bellinger River from late Monday into Tuesday.

Localised flooding and disruption to some transport routes are possible.

Catchments likely to be affected include:

  • Tweed and Rouse Rivers minor flooding
  • Brunswick River and Marshalls Creek minor flooding
  • Wilsons River minor flooding
  • Richmond River minor flooding
  • Orara River minor flooding
  • Bellinger and Kalang Rivers minor flooding.

 

Original Story: Minor flooding is possible for the Tweed, Brunswick and Wilsons River from Monday.

Heavy rainfall associated with a deepening low pressure trough off the northern coast has the

potential to cause minor flooding in parts of the Northern Rivers early next week.

The catchments likely to be impacted are saturated from recent rainfall, which increases the risk of flooding.

River rises are expected in the flood watch catchments in response to the forecast rain and

minor flooding may develop from Monday. Flood Classes (minor, moderate, major) are only

defined for catchments where the Bureau provides a flood warning service.

Localised flooding and disruption to some transport routes are possible.

What we are expecting:

Catchments likely to be affected include:

• Tweed and Rouse Rivers minor flooding

• Brunswick River and Marshalls Creek minor flooding

• Wilsons River minor flooding

Minor flood levels

Low-lying areas next to water courses are inundated. Minor roads may be closed and low-level bridges submerged. In urban areas inundation may affect some backyards and buildings below the floor level as well as bicycle and pedestrian paths. In rural areas removal of stock and equipment may be required.

What you need to do:

• Never drive, walk or play in flood waters.

• Share this information with family and friends for their awareness.

• Farmers are advised to monitor rainfall and river levels and be ready to move their livestock, pumps and other equipment away from rising waters.

• Oyster Lease Operators are advised to monitor the rivers for possible rises and be ready to move equipment.


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