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The SES is warning that more storms and heavy rain are forecast for the Northern Rivers today.

Over the last 24 hours, the region received widespread heavy rainfall, with some areas in the Tweed Shire receiving over 90mm of rain in a few hours.

NSW SES received 8 calls for assistance with leaky roofs and requests for sandbags.

Heavy localised falls delivered rain in the following areas: Brays Creek – 97mm, Cudgera Creek – 90mm, Tyalgum – 87mm, Green Pigeon 60mm, Uki 64 mm, Casino – 57mm and Eden Creek at Doubtful – 62mm.

The Bureau of Meteorology is predicting thunderstorms across the Northern Rivers again today with the possibility of heavy localised rainfall and flash flooding.

With the possibility of further severe storms and heavy rain, NSW SES Northern Rivers Commander Mark Elm urges residents to prepare their homes now while the sun is shining.

‘Bring in or secure any outdoor items in the yard or on the balcony, check your gutters are clear and your roof is in good condition, trim any overhanging branches and take care when travelling in severe weather conditions,’ said Superintendent Elm.

‘Rainfall over the last few weeks in the Northern Rivers has contributed to a number of soaked catchments,’ he said. ‘This means water runoff and flash flooding is more likely in these areas.’

Take care on the road

NSW SES is urging residents and visitors to take care when driving in wet weather on the local roads, especially those driving in upper catchment areas where low lying causeways overflow and are dangerous to cross when flooded.

NSW SES advise to never drive, ride or walk through floodwater as this is the main cause of death during floods.

‘It’s important that drivers slow down on the roads and drive to the conditions,’ said Superintendent Elm. ‘If you come across a flooded road please make the safe decision. Turn around, it’s just not worth the risk!’

The SES is asking Northern Rivers residents to stay alert this week, listen to updates and advice, and monitor the Bureau of Meteorology website.


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