In 2017 the region was devastated by the impact of Ex-Cyclone Debbie with homes, livelihoods and lives being lost. The draft North Byron Floodplain Risk Management Plan is on exhibition and your feedback is vital.
Low-lying areas of Ballina went under water on the weekend as king tides reached 1.93 metres on Saturday night, 1.92 metres on Friday, and 1.9 metres on Sunday.
As a result of the multiple small landslides and road damage from the continuing rain and flooding Tweed Shire has been declared a natural disaster area.
The town centre of Byron Bay flooded in the early hours of this morning and locals are saying that it is some of the worst flooding they have seen.
The Mullumbimby Masterplan (MMP) is up for adoption at Thursday’s Byron Shire Council meeting, and while there are a range of positive proposals, there are some contentious issues still surrounding it.
Council staff say they don’t believe the construction of the Bayshore Drive Roundabout is to blame for recent flooding events on private property around Melaleuca Drive and Ewingsdale Road.
King tides are causing flooding on some local roads around Ballina and are expected to ease over the next two days.
Residents affected by the recent flooding of Cyclone Debbie in the Byron shire should be elated by the news that they are now eligible to apply for a one-off, non-means tested payment of $1,000 for eligible adults and $400 for eligible children.
Byron Shire Council is in a wrangle with residents of Parmenters Road, Wilsons Creek, who say a large tree threatens to take out a bridge, cutting off access to seven residences.
Teams of electricians are desperately needed in Lismore to get hundreds of residents reconnected to the grid. Essential Energy requires all flood affected houses to be certified as safe by an electrician before it will reconnect the homes.
Lismore business owner Stephen Kreig put the hard word on prime minister Malcolm Turnbull on Monday, calling for government grants instead of low interest loans to help flood ravaged small businesses rebuild.
Lismore mayor Isaac Smith has one four letter word that he wants to tell prime minister Malcolm Turnbull, who is visiting the flood ravaged city this morning.
Updated Monday, 9am: Parts of the Bruxner Highways, Tweed Valley Way and Bangalow road remained closed on Sunday night, as the effects of flood waters start to move south. The Pacific Highway is closed to light vehicles only at New Italy.
Police are investigating after a man’s body was located at a caravan park on Tweed Valley Way, South Murwillumbah on Saturday afternoon. Separately, a man collapsed and died at his Murwillumbah home in the early hours of Friday morning.
The SES was kept busy in our region over the weekend, with 160 calls for help in the Richmond Tweed area alone and 15 flood rescues, several of them caused by drivers who wilfully entered floodwaters.
Genevieve Henderson, Slater and Gordon Motor Vehicle Accident Lawyer It never gets any easier seeing the tragic number of motorists who die or are injured after being caught in floodwaters and sadly the weekend’s storms were no exception. Even though... Read More →
As at 9.45am (Saturday 2 May) Last night’s storm saw power outages at sewer pump stations at Suffolk Park, Broken Head and Ocean Shores and the Ocean Shores sewer treatment plant (STP). Power has since been restored to all pump... Read More →
Updated Sunday 11am The north coast has dodged a bullet as ex-tropical cyclone Marcia continued to break up off the coast on Sunday without causing a much-feared additional deluge following the already massive falls.
Heavy overnight rain in the northern rivers kept State Emergency Service (SES) crews busy for hours, especially in Ballina where they rescued several people in vehicles trapped by minor flooding.
Minor flooding, severe weather and coastal wind warnings have been issued for NSW as a low pressure system rumbles along coast.
What is it like to be stranded at Upper Coopers Creek and relying on airlifted supplies of food donations to survive? Sharon Shostak joined the SES crew on a chopper run yesterday.