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Anita Brakel has been missing since Tuesday. Photo NSW Police.

As of 9.45am today, NSW Police and emergency services say they are still searching for a missing woman and are appealing for information.

A car similar to the one Anita Brakel was driving when she went missing. Photo NSW Police.

The woman, Anita Brakel, is believed to be missing in floodwaters near Lismore and this morning police said the search is ongoing.

About 9.50pm on Tuesday, emergency services commenced a search and rescue operation near Wyrallah Road at Monaltrie, south of Lismore, after reports a woman had been trapped in her vehicle by floodwaters.

Police spent several hours searching for the woman and her vehicle, however, they have been unable to locate her.

Ms Brakel, aged 55, is described as being of Asian appearance, 150cm to 160cm tall, thin build, with black and red long hair.

Officers from Richmond Police District – with assistance from Police Rescue, Water Police and NSW SES volunteers – recommenced a search and rescue operation this morning (Wednesday 30 March 2022) in the vicinity of Wyrallah Road.

As emergency service operations continue, police are urging anyone who may have seen a 2017 white Holden Captiva station wagon, with NSW registration YHS 51F, in the greater Lismore area to contact police immediately.

Police also remind people within flood-affected areas to never enter, walk, ride or drive through floodwaters.

Anyone with information about this incident is urged to contact Crime Stoppers: 1800 333 000 or https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au. Information is treated in strict confidence. The public is reminded not to report information via NSW Police social media pages.

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