Flooding in the Rappville area.
Flooding in the Rappville area.

Woodburn SES advises levee breach will impact Swan Bay area

UPDATE 4.20pm: Woodburn SES advises the levee has been breached at Bungawalbin -Whiporie Rd. 

Woodburn SES' post says the Swan Bay basin will slowly fill. 

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"For those people that live in this area you have about 12 hours before it closes at the Swan Bay end of Whiporie Rd. 

"There is the possibility of isolation for around three days as water comes down from Casino.

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"If you have the potential to be isolated it is better to leave early rather than late. 

"Farmers with stock need to move them to higher ground sooner rather than later."

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Road closures are likely in the Swan Bay area.
Road closures are likely in the Swan Bay area.

UPDATE 3.15pm: Residents in low lying areas along the Richmond River should prepare for possible evacuation as floodwaters move downstream.

Minor flooding is occurring along the Richmond River at Coraki and Bungawalbyn. The Richmond River at Coraki and Bungawalbyn may peak around the moderate flood levels on Wednesday evening.

Minor flooding may develop along the Richmond River at Woodburn on Wednesday evening with a high tide.

A minor flood warning is current for the Wilsons River at Lismore.

Richmond River:
Minor flooding is occurring along the Lower Richmond River from Coraki to Bungawalbyn.

Moderate flood peaks may develop along the Lower Richmond River from Coraki to Bungawalbyn.

The Richmond River at Coraki may peak around the moderate flood level (5.00 m) Wednesday evening.

The Richmond River at Bungawalbyn may peak around the moderate flood level (4.50 m) Wednesday evening.

The Richmond River at Woodburn is likely to reach the minor flood level (3.20 m) around 08:00pm Wednesday on the high tide.

What to expect:

  • Low lying farm land may be affected, farmers are advised to monitor equipment and livestock.

At Kyogle:

  • Low-level bridges in and around Kyogle may close isolating some rural properties upstream of Kyogle

At Casino:

  • Possible inundation of low lying rural properties and roads around Casino.

At Coraki:

  • Possible local flooding in and around Bungawalbin Creek with extensive rural inundation south-west of Coraki
  • Water reaches the top of the river bank near the Coraki Caravan Park
  • Flood water may start to inundate Coraki Caravan Park
  • Ellangowan Road may close between Springville road and the Coraki Cemetery Road
  • Farmers along low-lying parts of Ellangowan Road should consider moving livestock to higher ground

At Bungawalbyn:

  • Minor flooding of low lying roads and rural areas

What you need to do:
Low lying parts of Woodburn are likely to be impacted by flooding. People in these areas should prepare for potential isolation and possible evacuation.

Low lying parts of Coraki are likely to be impacted by flooding. People in these areas should prepare for possible evacuation.

Low lying parts of Cabbage Tree Island are likely to be impacted by flooding. People in these areas should prepare for possible evacuation.

Residents and visitors to low lying coastal caravan parks need to monitor the situation closely and prepare to relocate.

 

UPDATE 1pm: Minor flooding is still occurring on the Wilsons River in Lismore after heavy rainfall over the catchments.

Rainfall has now eased. and no further significant rainfall is expected.

The Wilsons River at Lismore (AHD) is currently peaking at 5.84 metres with minor flooding.

The Tweed River at Tumbulgum has fallen below the minor flood level (1.4 m) on Wednesday early morning.

No further flooding is expected in the Tweed River catchment.

The Tweed River at Tumbulgum peaked at 1.50 metres around 09:00 pm Tuesday March 23
with minor flooding and is currently at 1.14 metres and falling.

 

UPDATE 9.35am: Rain is easing, but some roads and schools on the Northern Rivers remain closed due to flooding.

Listed are some of the closed roads, but for a full list go to MyRoadInfo:

Ballina

  • Friday Hut Rd
  • Lindendale Rd
  • Ross Rd
  • Dalwood Rd

Byron:

  • Coopers Shoot Rd
  • Grays Lane
  • Main Arm Rd
  • The Pocket Rd
  • Upper Main Arm Rd
  • Upper Wilson Ck Rd

Kyogle:

  • Clarence Rd
  • Tabulam Rd

Lismore:

  • Bentley Rd
  • Boatharbour Rd
  • Corndale Rd
  • Eltham Rd
  • Molesworth St between Zadoc and Orion st
  • Numulgi Rd
  • Rowing Club carpark
  • Woodlawn Rd
  • Wyrallah Rd

Richmond Valley Council:

  • Bora Codrington Road
  • Bungawalbin Whiporie Road
  • Busbys Flat Road
  • Coraki Ellangowan Road Coraki
  • Mongogarie Road
  • Moonem New Italy Road
  • Myall Creek Road
  •  Myrtle Creek Road
  • Rappville Road
  • Summerland Way 
  • Swan Bay-New Italy Road
  • Tomki Tatham Road

Tenterfield: 

  • Bruxner Way
  • Mount Lindesay Road

Tweed:

  • Clothiers Creek Road east of M1 - Watty Bishop Rd
  • Cudgera Creek Road
  • Mount Warning Road
  • Tweed Valley Way southbound at M1 interchange (Oakes Ave)
  • Wooyung Road.

Some schools remain closed in the region, for a full list, go to the Department of Education's website.

 

 

UPDATE 9.20am: Lismore SES has welcomed blue skies, but issued a warning for residents to remain vigilant.Good Morning!

"It's lovely to see blue sky and an, almost, clear radar," the SES posted on social media.

"Keep in mind the river is still above minor, holding steady currently at 5.84m at Lismore AHD. 

"There is still water lying in low lying areas so be careful on the roads and don't drive through floodwater. 

"Check www.livetraffic.com or www.myroadinfo.com before travelling and plan alternative routes where necessary.

 

Original story: A flood evacuation warning was issued for low lying areas of Tabulam.

The Clarence River at Tabulam was at a height of 10.54 metres and rising at 1am Wednesday, the SES confirmed.

NSW SES advised residents in low lying areas in the vicinity of the following locations that they may need to evacuate due to rising flood water.

These areas include Racecourse Road, Creek Street, Harry Mundine Place, Court Street and the lower end of Clarence Street near the Police Station and the Tabulam Hotel.

Residents and visitors to these areas should act now to prepare for possible flood impacts.

Low lying properties may experience impacts due to riverine flooding.

Storm and flood impacts may interrupt essential services such as electricity, phones, internet,

water and sewerage.

People in these areas need to closely monitor weather and road closures and make informed

decisions early based on individual circumstances.

Residents should monitor the situation and be prepared to evacuate when instructed to do so.

A Flood Evacuation Order will be issued by the NSW SES if and when evacuations are required.

 

Where to go if Evacuation is required:

Wherever possible, people should go and stay with family or friends, or make other accommodation arrangements.

An evacuation centre will be set up if an Evacuation Order is required at Casino RSM, 162 Canterbury Street, Casino.

The SES is expecting that road access may be cut once floodwater begins inundating the area. " If you remain in the area after this time, you may become trapped and it may be too dangerous for NSW SES to rescue you," the SES warned.

What residents need to do:

• Lift possessions and important items above the predicted flood height.

• Take pets, essential items, warm clothes, medicines, insurance documents and valuables

with you.

• Leave as early as possible to avoid restricted roads.

• Share this information with family, friends and neighbours and help others where possible

 

Minor flooding occurring at Lismore, Coraki and Bungawalbyn

Heavy rainfall since Monday over the Richmond River catchment has caused river rises

with minor flooding occurring at Lismore, Coraki and Bungawalbyn, the SES confirmed on Wednesday.

A minor flood warning is also current for the Wilsons River at Lismore.

Rainfall is now easing. No further significant rainfall is forecast.

 

Richmond River:

Minor flooding is occurring along the Lower Richmond River from Coraki to Woodburn.

The Richmond River at Coraki may peak near 4.60 metres late Wednesday afternoon,

with minor flooding.

The Richmond River at Bungawalbyn may peak near 4.10 metres Wednesday evening,

with minor flooding.

A minor peak is likely in the Richmond River at Woodburn around 9pm Wednesday on the high tide.

 

At Coraki:

• Possible local flooding in and around Bungawalbyn Creek with rural inundation

southwest of Coraki

• Water may affect the Coraki Caravan Park

 

At Bungawalbyn:

• Minor flooding of low-lying roads and rural areas

 

Residents and visitors to low lying coastal caravan parks need to continue to monitor the

situation.

People in areas likely to be impacted by flooding should consider:

- Refraining from driving or walking through flood water

- Road closures and flood isolation may impact on work, family and educational

commitments.

- Monitoring emergency warnings and severe weather updates on local ABC radio, NSW

SES Northern Rivers Facebook Page and Bureau of Meteorology website

- If your property is at risk of inundation, please raise movable items, such as

furniture, as high as possible onto benches or tables, placing electrical items on top

- If you are advised by an emergency services officer to evacuate, please do so

- Securing outside belongings and before leaving; turn off the power, water and take

essential medicines and clothes with you

- Farmers should move machinery, livestock, pumps and fodder to flood free ground

For emergency help in floods and storms, call the NSW State Emergency Service on 132

500. In life threatening situations call triple-0 (000) immediately.

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