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March 5, 2024

7.30am update from the SES regarding floods in the Northern Rivers

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The State Emergency Service (SES) issued a statement a few minutes ago with an update on the flooding situation in the Northern Rivers.

Chief superintendent Dallas Burnes from the New South Wales State Emergency Service said the Service had a busy night. ‘There’s been a lot of rainfall over the Northern Rivers areas.

In the 24 hours to 6am today, there have been 193 State Wide Requests for Assistance (RFAs), 14 flood rescues and there are currently 22 flood warnings in place.

‘We are operational across most of New South Wales with moderate flooding happening on nine rivers – along the Darling, Macquarie, Laughlin and the Northern Rivers areas. We have floodwaters out from the mid-north coast and the Hunter also.

‘Overnight we’ve undertaken four flood rescues in the Northern Rivers area.

‘We’ve continue with our community messaging, this included door-knocking in Chillingham in the Northern Rivers.

‘We also sent out text alerts for intense rainfall for people living in low-lying areas of the Tweed, Ballina, Lismore and Byron areas.

‘We’re continuing our community consultation around the Wilsons and Tweed catchments, and we’re likely to reach moderate flooding today in both those areas.

‘We’re very aware of people travelling for the school holidays today and starting their trips, and we advise them to contact and look at livetraffic.com Look at the SES website and ensure they understand the conditions on the route they’re planning to drive on and the conditions at their destination.

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