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The Pacific Highway was closed at Ballina and Grafton for much of Saturday due to floodwaters. Photo Ballina SES
The Pacific Highway was closed at Ballina and Grafton for much of Saturday due to floodwaters. Photo Ballina SES

The SES was kept busy in our region over the weekend, with 160 calls for help in the Richmond Tweed area alone.

Ballina SES published this photo over the weekend of a 4WD vehicle whose irresponsible owner drove into floodwaters and had to be rescued.
Ballina SES published this photo over the weekend of a 4WD vehicle whose irresponsible owner drove into floodwaters and had to be rescued.

Some 15 flood rescues were performed, causing SES to once again plea with people not to drive through floodwaters, which often results rescue personnel having to risk their lives to save them.

Further south, on the mid north coast there were in excess of 300 calls for help.

Currently, across the state, some 5,000 people are isolated by floodwaters.

The Pacific Highway has reopened after being closed in both directions for much of Saturday, with northbound traffic forced to take the New England Highway from Hexham.

Areas around Woodburn and New Italy were particularly heavily hit by floodwaters.

At one point, motorists were being held at Ballina and Grafton for their own safety.

Current road closures

All major highways are now open but some local roads remain closed due to flooding or trees down.

The following list is accurate as of 9am Monday, March 20. Please check myroadinfo.com.au for the most up-to-date information.

In Lismore LGA the following roads are closed: Borton Rd, Tullera; Cross Rd, Numulgi; Durheim Rd, Monaltrie; and Whrallah Rd near the East Lismore treatment works.

In Byron Shire the following roads are closed: Eureka Rd (tree and powerlines down over north of Springvale Rd intersection); Federal Drive; Palmwoods Rd; Upper Main Arm Rd; and Upper Wilsons Creek Rd (closed at Threeways).

In Ballina Shire the following roads are closed: Friday Hut Road at Kirklands Crossing; and Houghlahans Creek Road causeways.

In Tweed Shire Tumbulgum Rd is closed at Murwillumbah.


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