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Murwillumbah, South Murwillumbah, Condong, Tumbulgum, Chinderah, Barneys Point, Tweed Heads, Tweed South, Mullumbimby, Brunswick Heads, Tweed Coast, Ocean Shores, Bexhill, Lismore, Nimbin, The Channon, Bungawalbin, Woodburn, Broadwater, Coraki, Casino, Wiangaree, Kyogle, Numbinbah, Chillingham, Crystal Creek, Uki ,Byangum, Bray Park, Chinderah, and Barneys Point have all been issued with a flood warning for Sunday.

The Bureau of Meteorology advises that ‘a low pressure system is forecast to develop near the northern New South Wales coast on Sunday and move south during Monday, bringing moderate to heavy rain to the northeast of the state, including the Northern Rivers’.

This rainfall may cause:

Tweed River – moderate to possible minor to major flooding

Rouse River – minor to major flooding

The Wilsons River – moderate to possible major flooding

Richmond River – minor to major flooding

Brunswick River and Marshalls Creek – minor to moderate flooding

Based on predictions from the Bureau of Meteorology, the following areas may be impacted by dangerous floodwaters:

  • Low-lying roads may close
  • Low-lying farmland may be impacted
  • Landslips may also occur

What you need to do:

If you have a Home and/or Business Emergency Plan, review it now. Otherwise, have a conversation and plan for what you will do and take with you if you need to evacuate.

Consider the consequences of road and bridge closures and water over roads and make alternate arrangements for work, children, and travel.

Obey all signs about road closures and instructions from emergency services.

Never drive, walk, ride through, play or swim in flood water – it is dangerous, toxic, and may void your car insurance. If it’s flooded, forget. Fines may apply.

Avoid storm drains and pipes, ditches, ravines, creeks, and rivers.

People in areas likely to be impacted by flooding should raise their assets, including waste and chemical containers above expected flood heights.

Share this information with family, friends, and neighbours and help others prepare where possible.

If you are likely to be isolated due to flooding, stock up on essential items now.

Farmers should consider moving pumps and farm equipment to higher ground.

Contact your Local Land Services Office for rural animal and livestock assistance at: www.lls.nsw.gov.au or call 1800 814 647.

For more information:

Listen to your local ABC radio station which can be found at reception.abc.net.au. ABC Northern Rivers

Follow us on social media @NSWSES or visit our website at www.ses.nsw.gov.au

Learn about your risk at www.ses.nsw.gov.au/your-risk

Check latest weather, warnings, rainfall and river heights at bom.gov.au/nsw

Check road closures at livetraffic.com.au or 132 701 or your local Council.

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.


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