Heavy rainfall has eased over the northern part of the State, however thousands of residents remain isolated.

Over 400 SES volunteers are responding to approximately 2500 requests for assistance.

Many communities are also inundated.

A Severe Weather Warning is still in place for people in the Northern Rivers and on the Mid North coast.

The SES says that a low pressure trough in the Coral Sea will weaken further during the next 12 to 24 hours.

Very large ocean waves and swell are occurring along the coast between the Queensland border and Port Macquarie. These waves are producing very dangerous surf conditions and beach erosion, particularly around high tide time.

Tides will be higher than normal and are expected to exceed the highest tide level of the year. Inundation of low-lying areas is possible. The next high tide is around 730 am Sunday, then conditions will gradually ease from the south.

Current warnings:

Tweed River (Minor)

Tides are still expected to be higher than normal with minor flooding at Chinderah as a result.

Richmond/Wilsons (Major)

The Richmond River at Coraki peaked at 6.6 metres around 2:45 pm Saturday (23/05/09), with major flooding and is expected to remain above major flood level (5.7 metres) until 6 am today (24/05/09).

The Richmond River at Bungawalbyn Junction peaked near 5.6 metres around 8:30 pm Saturday (23/05/09) with major flooding.

Isolation is being experienced by the residents of Coraki and Woodburn. Communities on Cabbage Tree Island are expected to be evacuated later today.

The evacuation centre at Southern Cross University in Lismore has now closed and the majority of residents in Lismore have been given the ‘all clear’ to return to their homes, with the exception of approximately 10 streets in North Lismore where inundation persists.

Clarence (Major)

The Clarence River at Grafton peaked near 7.4 metres around 5:30 am Saturday morning (23/05/09) with major flooding. It is expected to remain above major flood level (5.4 metres) until 6am this morning (24/05/09).

Residents have not yet been given the ‘all clear’ to return to their homes.

Maclean- peaking near current level (3.2 metres) with major flooding. An Evacuation Order was issued on Saturday afternoon for Maclean and an evacuation center was established at the showground.

Iluka- Residents of Iluka are facing isolation, however SES volunteers will be returning to the community today to perform a resupply. The isolation is affecting approximately 1739 people.

Yamba- Yamba is currently isolated and SES volunteers wil be returning to the community today to perfom a resupply. The isolation is affecting approximately 6700 people.