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NSW SES reminder for Lismore, Nimbin, The Channon and Bexhill to STAY INFORMED

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You should stay informed by monitoring warnings issued by NSW SES on their website and
Facebook page, listening to your local ABC radio station, and checking the latest weather
information from the Bureau of Meteorology online.

What are we expecting?

The Bureau of Meteorology advises Moderate to heavy rainfall from Saturday evening to early Sunday has caused river level rises along the Wilsons River and its upper tributaries.

Moderate flooding is likely at Lismore from Monday afternoon, with a flood peak likely Monday evening.

The low-pressure system is now located off the coast of Yamba, and the heavier rainfall rates are expected to be focused further to the south and east of the Wilsons River at Lismore.

Rainfall has eased in the Wilsons River catchment and the Severe Weather Warning for heavy rainfall has been cancelled for the Northern Rivers.

The Wilsons River at Lismore (AHD) is likely to exceed the moderate flood level (7.20 m) around 2pm today, Monday October 24. The river level may reach around 7.80 metres 8pm today with moderate flooding.

Based on predictions from the Bureau of Meteorology, areas may be impacted by
dangerous floodwaters in low lying areas and toads, culverts and causeways.

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. The safest option is to evacuate as early as possible to avoid additional hazards. Do not wait until the last minute.

If you are isolated and require resupply, contact NSW SES on 132 500.

Contact your Local Land Services Office for rural animal and livestock assistance at
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, ABC North Coast 94.5FM, ZZZ FM 100.9 FM, 2LM 104.3 FM/900
AM.

Follow services on social media @NSWSES or visit the SES 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.

This is a Watch and Act level warning. The NSW SES utilises the Australian Warning System to warn communities about severe weather and flooding. Learn more about the warning levels at: www.ses.nsw.gov.au/warnings.


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