Updated 12:30pm Friday: The old adage ‘it never rains but it pours’ was never more accurate than in the last 24 hours in the northern rivers.
After many months with practically no rain, and with the threat of water restrictions any day, the skies opened up yesterday morning and dropped a deluge.
The severe weather warning for the northern rivers has now been cancelled, but the Bureau of Meteorology will continue to monitor the situation and further caution is urged on local roads, some of which are closed. See below for details.
The areas of heaviest rainfall, according to the Bureau of Meteorology, were mostly in the upper catchments but Boat Harbour in the lower Tweed recorded the largest downpour of 317mm in the past 24 hours.
Photos Eve Jeffery
River levels at Uki and Eungella peaked early this morning. The main flood peak in the Tweed River is currently near Brays Park Weir, which was expected to reach Murwillumbah around noon today with minor (3m) flooding.
The river level at Chinderah peaked near 1.14 metres around 9am this morning.
A minor flood warning has been issued for the Wilsons River at Lismore, which is expected to exceed minor flood level (4.2 metres) around midnight tonight.
The Richmond River at Corakai is expected to reach 3.9 metres early Sunday with minor flooding
Minor flooding is current along the Brunswick River at Mullumbimby (Federation Bridge) where the river peaked at 2.8 metres around 11:00am.
The Marshalls Creek at Billinudgel was 2.4 metres and peaking at midday with near minor flooding.
In the Tweed Valley, heavy falls were experienced over Clarrie Hall Dam (264mm in the last 24 hours), Crouchy Creek (298mm), Eungella (252mm), Burringbar and Doon Doon (237mm) and Bald Mountain (265mm).
In the Brunswick Valley, Upper Main Arm topped the list (276mm), followed by Chincogan (240mm), Upper Crabbes Creek (224mm) and Middle Pocket (215mm). Oddly, Mullumbimby Creek received just 31mm.
In the Wilsons River catchment, Huonbrook received 274mm, followed by Goonengerry (260mm) and Repentance Creek (212mm).
People camping out at Bentley will be pleased to know they received ‘only’ 96mm.
Road closures and their council areas as of midday Friday included:
- Cane Road (Kyogle)
- Clarence Way (Kyogle)
- Gradys Creek Road (Kyogle)
- Lees Avenue (Richmond Valley)
- Left Bank Road (Byron)
- Main Arm Road (Byron)
- McAuleys Road (Tweed)
- Mooball-Pottsville Road (Tweed)
- Numinbah Road (Tweed)
- Queensland Road (Tweed)
- Repentance Creek Road (Byron)
- Riverside Drive (Tweed)
- Short Street (Richmond Valley)
- Stokers Road (Tweed)
- The Pocket Road (Byron)
- Tims Lane/Mahoneys Lane (Kyogle)
- Upper Main Arm Road (Byron)
- Upper Wilsons Creek Road (Byron)
- Williams Road (Kyogle)
- Yelgun Road (Byron)
This article will not be updated unless further extreme rainfall occurs. For continuing updates and warnings go to bom.gov.au/nsw/warnings/