Ballina LGA

Ballina LGA

The Ballina Local Government Area (LGA) is located on the North East Coast of NSW. The main township  of Ballina is located at the mouth of the Richmond River. The Ballina LGA is affected by flooding caused by a number of reasons including:

  • overtopping of the Richmond River
  • overtopping of local creeks (Maguires, Emigrant and North Creeks)
  • heavy localised rainfall causing flash flooding
  • elevated ocean levels and large ocean swells caused by a cyclone or low depression. 

The ocean tidal conditions during flood events add another level of complexity because higher levels result if the flood peak coincides with the top of the tide. In floods larger than the 1% AEP, substantial parts of Central Ballina would be inundated.

Although floodwaters from the Richmond River spill into the lower lying areas of Ballina Township, the extent of flooding from this source alone is minimal. Flooding from tributaries of the Richmond River - North Creek and Emigrant Creek, contribute a greater risk to Ballina than the main channel.

Knowing the flood potential of where you live, work and visit in the Ballina LGA is important to keeping yourself, your family and others safe during floods.

See below to find out more about floods in your area, and steps you can take before, during and after flooding.

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Central Ballina

Ballina CBD - Are you at risk?

Ballina CBD is affected by tidal flooding from the Richmond River on extreme high tides of 1.8 m or more. Salt water is likely to affect some streets in the Ballina CBD, in particular Tamar Street.

Flash flooding can occur during very heavy rain in conjunction with high tides.

Please avoid driving through any water that is over roads as this can cause a wake that can cause water to enter into low lying premises and cause damage.

Ballina North and Cumbalum

Ballina North and Cumbalum - Are you at risk?

Low lying areas, including local roads, in North Ballina and Cumbalum area can be affected by Flash flooding. Floodwater can cover the Tamarind Drive from north of Ballina and Cumbalum to and including the interchange roundabout under the M1 highway.

Roads that may be affected include:

  • North Creek Road
  • Tamarind Drive Cumbalum
  • Southern Cross Drive
  • Roseville Lane and Cumbalum Interchange

Flooding in these areas can be deep and very dangerous. This is especially the case when there is a high tide combined with heavy rain periods.

Ballina North and Cumbalum will flood again. That's a fact!

Teven and Tintenbar

Teven and Tintenbar - Are you at risk?

Flash flooding affects the Teven Road, from the Bruxner Highway at West Ballina through to Teven. 

Roads that are commonly affected by flooding include:

  • Maguire’s Creek causeway (near Teven Golf Course) can be covered with fast flowing water very quickly.
  • Friday Hut Road at Kirkland’s crossing
  • Friday Hut Road at Emigrant crossing
  • Houghlahans Creek Road Causeways
  • Old Bangalow Road to George Street Tintenbar Pearces Creek Hall Road at Pearces Creek
  • Old Bangalow Road downstream from Tintenbar Road to Tamarind Drive
  • Watsons Lane at Emigrant Creek
  • Nashua Road at Skinners Creek
  • Fernleigh Road near junction with Tintenbar Road
  • Old Bangalow Road is often cut even with extreme tides alongside the creek


West Ballina

West Ballina - Are you at risk?

Low lying roads in the West Ballina area can be affected by flash flooding. This is particularly an issue when flash flooding combines with salt water from extreme high tides. Roads that are affected include sections of:

  • River Street
  • Riverside Drive
  • Burns Point Road
  • Uralba Road, Uralba

Evacuation Information

Evacuation Information

When a Prepare to Evacuate - Watch and Act is issued 

When a Prepare to Evacuate - Watch and Act is issued, you should prepare to evacuate. Staying inside a house, even one which you think is high enough, may be very dangerous. If you are warned to evacuate it is always safest to move to a location away from the flood affected area before floodwater arrives. 

  • Locate important papers, valuables and mementos. Put them in your Emergency Kit. 
  • Keep listening to your local radio station for information, updates and advice. 
  • Follow instructions given to you by Emergency Services. 


When an Evacuate Now - Emergency Warning is issued 

When an Evacuate Now - Emergency Warning is issued and you leave your house: 

  • Turn off the electricity and gas at the mains before you leave and turn off and secure any gas bottles. 
  • Take your pets with you. 
  • Never enter or travel through floodwater. 
  • Keep listening to your local radio station for information, updates and advice. 
  • Follow your Home or Business FloodSafe Plan. 
  • Follow all instructions given to you by Emergency Services. 
  • Stay with family or friends, if possible. 
  • Evacuation Centres may be set up if an Evacuate Now - Emergency Warning is issued.  
  • Choose the safest route to travel where roads along the route are open. 
  • Roads may become congested or close, ensure you leave enough time to travel safely. 

For information on roads, contact your local council for local road closures and Live Traffic NSW for major road closures. 

Learn more about the dangers of flood, storm and tsunami:

Flood Storm Tsunami

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