Minor through to major flood river levels are still being experienced by communities in the Northern Rivers and Mid North Coast areas of NSW causing widespread isolation and inundation.
SES volunteers continue to respond to requests for assistance from communities experiencing severe weather and flood conditions.

Approximately 2039 requests for assistance have been registered by the SES since last Tuesday (May 16th) with 75% of these tasks having been completed.

Evacuation Orders were issued for Kempsey CBD and Smithtown, Gladstone, Kinchela and Jerseyville CBD early this morning.  


Clarence River (Grafton, Ulmarra and Maclean)

The Clarence River peaked at Grafton near 7.3 metres around 3am this morning with major flooding.

Evacuation orders are still in place for the Grafton and surrounding areas.

It is expected that the Clarence River will peak near 5.8 metres today around 5am and peak near 3.2 metres at Maclean around 6am coinciding with the high tide.

Ongoing isolation of low-lying properties and rural properties in the area is expected to continue over the weekend.

Richmond and Wilsons River (Lismore, Coraki, Bungawalbyn and Woodburn)

The SES are still monitoring major and minor flood levels on the Richmond and Wilsons Rivers downstream from Lismore. The Wilsons River peaked at Lismore at 10.4 metres at 2pm Friday May 22nd with major flooding.

Currently the all-clear has been given for people to return to the CBD and South Lismore areas but has not been given for North Lismore.

The evacuation Centre at the Southern Cross University is still open. 215 people attended the centre with 39 being accommodated overnight.

Other Areas:

Flood Warnings are current for:

Tweed River
Hastings River
Manning River
Orara River
Brunswick River
Nambucca River
The SES is monitoring these areas closely.

A Severe Weather Warning is also current for Flash Flooding, Abnormally high Tides/Damaging Surf and Damaging Wind for people in the Northern Rivers , Northern Tablelands and Mid North Coast areas. A second Severe Weather Warning is also current for Damaging Winds for people on Lord Howe Island.

The SES advise people to:

Monitor the local weather conditions closely
Keep in touch with neighbours
Keep listening to your local radio station for information, updates and advice
Follow all instructions and advice given to you by emergency services
Never drive, ride or walk through floodwater.

For emergency assistance in floods and storms, call the SES on 132 500. For life-threatening emergencies, call 000.