Flood watch for Northern Rivers

A flood watch and flash flood warning has been issued for the Northern Rivers, with strong winds and heavy rainfall expected to hit region from midnight tonight.

Residents in the Brunswick Valley, particularly Upper Main Arm, The Pocket and Upper Wilsons Creek are predicted to be affected first by the potential flooding with the SES advising residents to monitor weather warnings.

The Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) has issued the warning due a trough, which looks to turn into a low pressure system, forming off the coast just south of Coffs Harbour, Coffs Harbour.

"There could be a lot of rain and strong winds. This warning is advice of things that are likely over the next three or four days," BOM duty observer Roger Brown said.

"This is one of these little east coast lows that we get every now and again. It has the potential to be pretty strong."

Wild seas are also predicted with winds developing to 20-25 knots off the coast by tomorrow night.

SES regional controller for Richmond Tweed SES Scott Hanckel said drivers and campers should take caution around flooded rivers and causeways.

"Also people who have land with pumps and cattle should consider moving these things," he said.

Meanwhile, Lismore City Council advises that as of today all sporting fields under the control of council are open.

However due to predictions of wet weather this situation could change at any time and further inspections of sporting fields will be carried out tomorrow.

Council's wet weather hotline number is 6627 4111.


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