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May 19, 2021

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The Bureau of Meteorology yesterday cancelled its severe weather warning for the northern rivers but is maintaining a flood watch over our region.

The bureau advises a low-pressure system is developing off the southern Queensland coast, which is expected to deepen and move gradually southwards over the next few days.

This system has already caused some flooding in the NSW far north coast in the Tweed and Richmond/Wilsons valleys and this is expected to continue today.

But rainfall rates are forecast to increase on Thursday, Friday and Saturday when there is a 75 per cent chance of moderate flooding in the Brunswick Valley and moderate to major flooding in the Tweed, Wilsons, Richmond and Clarence valleys.

The weather could not have come at a worse time for residents of Upper Coopers Creek, whose road access has already been cut off by a major landslide. The storm could cause catastrophic collapse of Upper Coopers Creek Road and threaten the next SES helicopter food lift, due tomorrow.

A coastal wind warning has also been forecast for the north coast for the next few days.

Wind gusts are predicted to be up to 35 to 40 knots and ocean swell up to five metres.

Byron Shire manager of community infrastructure, Phil Holloway, has warned residents and visitors to be careful when visiting the beach.

He said while it is human curiosity to ‘check out the beach’ during these types of events, he cautioned people to be very careful.

‘If you are going for a beach walk, check the tides to make sure it is low and the access to the beach is available,’ Mr Holloway said.

He also cautioned jumping off or sitting near the beach escarpments as sand slumping could possibly occur.

To find out if the beaches are open or closed, visit www.beachsafe.org.au.


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