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Jennifer Woods had lived in Wagga Wagga her whole life, a single parent of four children, a social worker and no stranger to what life on a floodplain might throw the way of anyone living there: the town has learnt to cope with floods – 60 have been registered since Federation.

With ongoing heavy rains and the prospect of more, a flood warning has been put in place for the Tweed River and a flood watch remains active on the Wilsons and Richmond rivers.

Click ‘read more’ for a complete list of closed roads in our shires as of 10am today.

According the Bureau of Meteorology, up to 300 millimetres of rain has been recorded in the upper Tweed Valley the last three days.

Further rain of the order of 80 to 150 millimetres is forecast for today and this is expected to cause minor flooding at Murwillumbah and Chinderah later today.

The river is expected to rise to three metres at Murwillumbah and 1.3 metres at Chinderah by 3pm this afternoon.

Some properties in the upper Tweed and Brunswick valleys are already cut off, with reports of three people being rescued near Murwillumbah and four near Mullumbimby yesterday.

Several riverside carparks in Lismore, including the rowing club pay parking area, are closed.

The following roads in are shires were closed at 10 o’clock this morning:

Upper Wilsons Creek Rd, Tyalgum Rd, Main Arm Rd, Settlement Rd, Numinbah Rd, Whian Rd, Goonengerry Rd, Tweed Valley Way north of Tumbulgum Rd, Queensland Rd, Tomewin Rd, Zara Rd, Pottsville Rd, Stokers Rd, The Pocket Rd, Dulguigan Rd, Upper Main Arm Rd, Kennedy Dve Tweed Heads West, Piggabeen Rd and Huonbrook Rd.

For regular road closure updates go to www.myroadinfo.com.au.

The SES reminds people affected by flooding not to walk, drive or ride in floodwaters.

Further south, there are still flood warnings for the Orara, Bellinger and Nambucca Rivers. The Bellinger is already above minor flooding level and the road to Grafton is cut at the Bluff Bridge.


Image: Blindmouth Creek running over Main Arm Road at Main Arm this morning. Photo Brian Knuckey

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