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The NSW SES unit in Lismore has thanked but declined offers of extra boats from the community. PIC: NSW SES Lismore

Police were still looking for a man believed to be missing in Lismore flood waters Monday morning.

Officers from Richmond Police District said they were near Brewster Street and Uralba Street in Lismore around 4pm Sunday when they saw and heard a man calling for help from nearby flood water.

They say Police Rescue searched the area but couldn’t find the man, leading to a search of the surrounding area was involving police and the NSW State Emergency Service.

The search was suspended Sunday evening due to flood water dangers and resumed today.

Anyone with information can contact Lismore Police Station on (02) 6626 0599 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

Emergency services can’t help everyone

Over the weekend the police rescue unit said it had been busy responding to calls for help when vehicles were stuck in flood waters.

Officers said they’d received lots of calls for help in the Bexhill and Corndale areas.

State Emergency Services on Monday warned it will be impossible to help all those in need as flood and storm warnings continue on the Northern Rivers.

‘This flood event is an extreme risk to life,’ the Northern Rivers SES branch posted on social media around 10.30am Monday, ‘it is not possible for emergency services to get to everyone’.

The SES told residents to move to higher ground.

‘Move to the highest safest place now, such as higher ground or inside a a sturdy multi story building as high above water levels as possible,’ the advice read.

Emergency responders require emergency help mid-rescue

The warning came shortly after reports of guests stuck on the roof of the Lakeside Lodge hotel in Lismore’s city centre.

Emergency responders trying to help the guests had reportedly themselves required help from a helicopter rescue.

SES branches around the country mourned the loss of an SES officer on duty in Queensland over the weekend.

The woman had reportedly been trying to help somone stuck in flood waters.

2022 Lismore flood worse than those in 2017, 1974 and 1954

Lismore’s flood on Monday 28 February is said to be higher than the famous floods of 1974 and 1954.

Wilsons River flooded Monday 28 February 2022 PIC: JESS BUSH

A recently-installed levee in the town was overtopped Monday morning with authorities predicting Wilsons River could reach 14 metres Monday afternoon, almost double the official major flood level.

The SES unit in Lismore thanked the community for trying to help by bringing donated boats to the branch headquarters but said it preferred people to stay at home.

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