With evacuation orders being released for Lismore, a number of Flood Warnings and Severe Weather Warnings are still current for locations on the North Coast.
SES volunteers continue to monitor river levels and respond to requests for assistance for those communities affected.
Information on Lismore:
A renewal Flood Warning for the Richmond and Wilsons River was issued by the Bureau of Meteorology which now predicts a peak height of 10.4 metres with major flooding at Lismore around midday Friday May 22nd.
Evacuation orders are still in place for residents and businesses in South, North and the CBD of Lismore.
An evacuation Centre was established at the Southern Cross University and an evacuation shuttle service has also been established.
For information on the evacuations in Lismore, visit the Evacuation Orders Released for North, South and Central Lismore page.
The Bureau of Meteorology has issued a Severe Weather Warning for Flash Flooding, Destructive Wind, Abnormally High Tides and Damaging Surf for people in the Northern Rivers, Northern Tablelands and Mid North Coast.
This warning is for destructive winds and the SES urge people living in these areas to be vigilant in following advice from emergency services, seek appropriate shelter and limit all non-essential travel in and through the North Coast during this event.
A Severe Weather Warning for Lord Howe Island is also current for damaging winds and a Sheep Graziers Warning for the Northern Rivers, Mid North Coast and Northern Tablelands is also current.
There are also Flood Warnings current for the Tweed River, Brunswick River, Richmond and Wilsons Rivers, Clarence River, Bellinger Valley, Hastings River, Orara River and Nambucca River.
Flood Warnings for these areas range from Minor to Major levels.
A Flood Watch is also current for rivers from the Queensland Border to Port Macquarie which covers Friday and Saturday.
250 volunteers plus support from the RFS and NSW Fire Brigades worked in these areas throughout Thursday and will continue responding to requests for assistance today.
A total of 1118 requests for assistance have been received by the SES with the majority of these coming from towns in the Richmond/Tweed region. The majority of requests have been for storm tasks including fallen trees, damage to roofs and wind related tasks.
The SES is urging people in Northern NSW to make sure they are well-prepared for continuing severe weather and flooding over the next couple of days.
The SES advises that people living or working along rivers and streams keep monitoring the latest weather forecasts and warnings and be ready to evacuate if advised. Stay in touch with neighbours and make sure they are aware of the warnings and any possible actions that need to be carried out.
In many cases, flash flooding provides little warning and this can be less than six hours. Residents in flash flood areas need to ensure they prepare themselves, their family and property as much as possible prior to the event happening.
There are many things that people can do to prepare for and respond to weather events like this:
Check to ensure roof gutters and down pipes are clear to help prevent flooding into roof spaces
Check stormwater drains are clear to assist run-off
Look at the placement of sandbags and other flood mitigation options available if flooding has been experienced in the past
Secure loose items around the property that have the potential to be moved by flood waters or become projectiles in strong winds, this includes outdoor furniture, rubbish bins and trampolines
People living or working along rivers and streams must monitor latest weather forecasts and warnings and be ready to move to higher ground
Farmers and other landholders should keep a watch on streams and be prepared to move pumps, equipment and livestock to higher ground
Most importantly, people should never drive, ride or walk through or allow their children to play in floodwaters, which can be very powerful, run fast and deep and contain hidden debris, as entering floodwater has proven to be the greatest killer in floods. This includes causeways, creeks, low-lying roads and places where floodwater is present. More information is available on the SES FloodSafe page. Road closure information can be found on the RTA website.
For emergency assistance in floods and storms, contact the SES on 132 500. For life-threatening emergencies call 000.
The Public Information and Inquiry Centre is open to provide information regarding displaced families, road closures, welfare assistance and all other general inquiries. They can be contacted on 1800 227 228.