Lismore residents and business owners are breathing a little easier today after the flooding expected over night did not materialise.
Lighter than expected rainfall across the Wilson River catchment meant that the town was spared from the moderate level flooding predicted by the SES and Bureau of Meteorology.
The Wilson River instead peaked at minor flood levels overnight.
The SES had issued an evacuation order for Lower North Lismore yesterday (Monday), asking people to leave their homes by 8pm due to rising flood waters.
This raised significant concerns of another major flood event.
That advice has now changed to an offical ‘stay informed’ warning.
‘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,’ the SES said in a media release this morning.
With rains expected to ease over the coming days, locals are cautiously hopeful that they have dodged a bullet this time.
The Bureau of Meteorology is predicting a partly cloudy day across the region, with a very high chance of light showers becoming less likely in the evening.
There is also a chance of a thunderstorm that could be severe.