11.7 C
Byron Shire
July 5, 2022

Lismore CBD evacuated as authorities predict next 24 hours for Northern Rivers

Latest News

Happy New Year!

We all know we can help the planet by reducing our single-use footprint, so why not make a new...

Other News

Editorial – Byron Council report card

Did you know it’s been six months since councillors were elected? They have another two years to go, and while a usual term is a gruelling four years, this time, it’s shorter, owing to a disrupting bat virus.

It’s plastic free July!

Did you know that plastic packaging and single-use plastic items make up 60 per cent of all litter in NSW?

Australia Anti-Nuclear Delegation

We are delighted to share the news that Australia will attend the first Meeting of State Parties to the...

A poem

Row upon row Lest we forget the rows of trees they planted to recall the rows of boys they sent to die in the war Jon...

Australia to light the way with industrial-scale power

Big ideas are easy. Finding the big money and big names to back them is not. But a long-term plan to turn WA’s Pilbara into the largest renewable energy hub in the world has just taken a giant leap forward.

Community members needed for health advisory groups

Northern NSW Local Health District (NNSWLHD) is seeking expressions of interest from community members to join health advisory groups.

Paul Bibby

People in Lismore’s CBD, Lismore Basin and low-lying areas of East Lismore and Girards Hill have been ordered to evacuate their homes by 4pm, as the rapidly evolving flood situation unfolds.

However, it is not expected that the water will go over the levy.

NSW Emergency Services Minister Steph Cook told a press conference at 12.30pm that authorities were expecting the Wilsons River to reach moderate to major flood levels during the afternoon and that many buildings were expected to flood again.

‘This is of course very disappointing, but it’s an unfortunate reality of the current situation that we’re facing,’Ms Cook said.

‘I know that I speak on behalf of everyone in NSW when I say that our hearts are with you, we’re thinking of you. This is the last thing that you are wanting at this time.

‘We will get through this time. Our recovery efforts will continue. We will keeo moving forward.’

Dean Narramore from the Bureau of Meteorology told the press conference that major flooding levels on the Wilsons River were possible this afternoon and into the night.

‘We’re expecting showers and possible heavy rain areas, but not the persistent rainfall that we saw a month ago,’ he said.

‘But even if it does not rain we’re expecting flood levels to each or exceed the major flood level in Lismore later this evening.

Mr Narramore said that, for the region more generally, the rainfall that had been received last night had moved into the Grafton Coffs Harbour area.

‘Of particular concern is Coffs Harbour – the Orara and Bellinger Rivers. They’ll see heavy rain today and into tonight, with moderate to major flooding.’

Mr Narramore said the rainfall would ease as we move into tomorrow, and then the low will start moving offshore and taking the rain with it.

‘But as it does so there will be some wind, so we could see some gusty winds across our mid north coastal communities on Wednesday and Thursday.’

He also said that some of the highest tides of the year are possible, leading to the possibility of severe coastal erosion and inundation in the region.


Support The Echo

Keeping the community together and the community voice loud and clear is what The Echo is about. More than ever we need your help to keep this voice alive and thriving in the community.

Like all businesses we are struggling to keep food on the table of all our local and hard working journalists, artists, sales, delivery and drudges who keep the news coming out to you both in the newspaper and online. If you can spare a few dollars a week – or maybe more – we would appreciate all the support you are able to give to keep the voice of independent, local journalism alive.

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Bangalow clinches thriller in rugby derby against Byron Bay

Bangalow beat Byron Bay on the final bell 21–20 in front of a home crowd last Saturday after a tough and hard fought contest...

After two-year delay Byron Shire gets to host the NSW junior golf championships

Ann Jang will be ready to defend her title this week. For the first time in almost 20 years, the NSW Junior Championships and JNJG...

Locals take points in first all-female surf event

Ross Kendall The Le-Ba Ladybirds won the final event of the inaugural, and Australian first, All Women’s Surf Series held at Lennox Head over the...

Community members needed for health advisory groups

Northern NSW Local Health District (NNSWLHD) is seeking expressions of interest from community members to join health advisory groups.