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SES volunteers Manno and Jake assist with a submerged vehicle in Binna Burra, near Bangalow, last Thursday morning. PIC: Eco Tsadik

Five rescues were reported in the Byron Shire in relation to flash flooding over the weekend.

In Mullumbimby, SES volunteer Eco Tsadik said his team was busy sand bagging, unblocking drains and helping fix roofs during last week’s heavy rain.

Elsewhere, the ABC reported 114 rescues across the Northern Rivers with five in the Byron Shire, where significant flash flooding was described by residents in Suffolk Park.

Last week the SES reported Nashua as having received 80mm of rain in one night.

A SES spokesperson for the region was unable to respond to multiple requests for information by deadline today.

Meanwhile, in Mullumbimby, Mr Tsadik said the SES was always looking for capable young people to join the volunteer emergency response team – visit www.ses.nsw.gov.au for more info.


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