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River levels near the height of the Lismore levee are possible on Tuesday afternoon.

Heavy rainfall is forecast across the Wilsons River catchment from late Monday into Tuesday and Wednesday, which may cause moderate to major flooding from Tuesday morning at Lismore. If the rainfall intensifies overnight Monday into Tuesday, major flooding may occur earlier on Tuesday with levels reaching near the Lismore Levee Height (10.60 m) Tuesday afternoon. Levels are expected to remain below those experienced in late February 2022.

Further heavy rainfall is forecast over the next 24 to 48 hours which may result in further rapid river level rises and localised flash flooding. A Severe Weather Warning has been issued for the Northern Rivers and parts of the Mid North Coast and Northern Tablelands Forecast District.

A Flood Watch is current for the Northern Rivers, Mid North Coast, Hunter, Hawkesbury Nepean and North Western New South Wales Rivers. The situation is being closely monitored and revised predictions will be provided if necessary.

Evacuation Orders are current for areas of North Lismore and South Lismore. An Evacuation Warning is current for parts of Lismore CBD Basin, East Lismore and Girards Hill.

Wilsons River:

Moderate to Major flooding may occur along the Wilsons River at Lismore.

The Wilsons River at Lismore (AHD) is likely to exceed the minor flood level (4.20 m) overnight Monday into Tuesday. River rises to the moderate (7.20 m) and major flood levels (9.70 m) are possible from Tuesday morning. With forecast rainfall, river levels may reach around 10.50 m to 10.60 m during Tuesday afternoon.

What we are expecting:

•    People upstream of the Rowing Club River Gauge should allow for a level at least ½ metre higher than the gauge reading due to the flood slope.
•    Residents and businesses in the Lismore Basin may experience localised flash flooding prior to river rises.
•    A number of low-lying rural roads will be flooded.

Based on the prediction provided by the Bureau of Meteorology it is expected the following locations will be affected:

At Lismore: 

•    Low lying farmland and rural properties
What you need to do:
People in areas likely to be impacted by flooding need to consider the following:
•    Residents and businesses in areas likely to be impacted by flooding in North and South Lismore should relocate immediately to family or friends outside the impact area.  The Evacuation Centre is now open at Southern Cross University, Military Road, Lismore.
•    If you are advised by an emergency services officer to evacuate, please do so
•    If your property/business is at risk of inundation, please raise moveable items, such as furniture, as high as possible onto benches or tables, placing electrical items on top
•    Secure outside belongings and before leaving; turn off the power, water and take essential medicines and clothes with you.
•    Monitor emergency warnings and severe weather updates.
•    Never drive, ride or walk through flood water
•    Farmers are advised to monitor equipment and livestock and should move machinery, livestock, pumps, and fodder including waste and chemical containers to well above predicted flood levels.

For emergency help in floods and storms, call the NSW State Emergency Service on 132 500.
In life-threatening situations call triple zero (000) immediately.

Latest River Heights:

Leycester Creek at Rock Valley    2.09    Rising    09:29 PM MON 28/03/22
Wilsons River at Eltham    4.85    Rising    09:32 PM MON 28/03/22
Wilsons River at Woodlawn (AHD)    2.51    Rising    09:29 PM MON 28/03/22
Leycester Creek at Tuncester (AHD)    2.76    Rising    09:00 PM MON 28/03/22
Wilsons River at Lismore (AHD)    2.07    Rising    09:22 PM MON 28/03/22

For more information:
•    Radio: Listen to ABC North Coast radio 94.5FM and your local radio station
•    Lismore Council Disaster Dashboard: Go to https://disaster.lismore.nsw.gov.au/
•    Social Media: Follow NSW SES Northern Rivers and NSW SES Lismore City Unit on Facebook or monitor NSW SES website – www.ses.nsw.gov.au
•    Latest Weather, Warnings, Rainfall and River heights: Go to both www.bom.gov.au/nsw/ and www.bom.gov.au/qld/
•    Road Closures: Go to www.livetraffic.com.au  or  www.myroadinfo.com.au
•    Rural animal and livestock assistance: Contact Local Land Services

The next bulletin will be issued by 04:30AM EDT Monday 28th March 2022

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