Saturday, December 10, 2022

Northern NSW ready for more intense rain

A severe weather warning has been issued by forecasters for the already flood-ravaged northern region of NSW, as communities continue their massive clean-up.

The Bureau of Meteorology has warned that heavy rain could cause flash floods in parts of northeastern NSW on Monday and early Tuesday.

The BoM said Monday morning that between 80 mm and 140 mm of rain is possible in six hours, with locally intense downpours causing dangerous and life-threatening flooding and totals of more than 180 mm in six hours.

The forecast area includes Tweed Heads, Murwilumba, Byron Bay, Lismore, Yamba, Grafton, Coffs Harbor and Dorrigo.

The warnings of more severe downpours come after the community of Northern Rivers continued to clean up after floods damaged and destroyed thousands of homes and businesses earlier this month.

“It won’t stop raining here,” Lismore Mayor Steve Craig told the Nine Network on Monday.

“The projections are not looking good…the next two days are crucial as to how Lismore is going to perform in the next week.

“It’s a major development, it’s the weather front. If our river rises, we are going to start evacuation today just to be on alert.

“But there’s a lot of infrastructure that has been put in place temporarily that we have to pack up and move out of the CBD area.”

Public schools in the riverside town of Woodburn are expected to reopen on Monday, and many businesses in the northern rivers were planning to start business.

“All these people are living on the edge at the moment,” the mayor said.

A separate strong thunderstorm warning can be issued on Monday if dangerous storms producing heavy rains are detected.

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