Northern Rivers flooding set for recovery phase

05/04/2017 12:10 PM

The Operational response of the NSW SES is continuing to ease as this weather event transitions into recovery phase. NSW SES has received a total of 2850 jobs related to flood assistance since 28th of March. This includes a total of 491 Flood rescue jobs in this time. The Bureau have advise that the worst is over and no significant weather is forecast in the affected locations over the next 2-3 days. An Evacuation Order still remains in place for Tumbulgum with around 330 people impacted. 

The locations with the greatest impacts due to flooding include:

  • Lismore City – 750 jobs
  • Murwillumbah – 528 jobs
  • Tweed Heads – 239 jobs
  • Mullumbimby 201 jobs

Evacuations centres in the Lismore and Murwillumbah area are now closed however Disaster Welfare assistance points are located at:

  • Southern Cross University - East Lismore. Open between 9:00am - 5:00pm
  • Murwillumbah Community Centre - Murwillumbah. Open between 9:00am - 5:00pm

Isolations resulting from flooding has reduced as river systems drain. However, significant damage to road and bridge infrastructure from landslips and flooding may continue to isolate properties. Flood affected properties will remain disconnected from electricity until they are assessed as safe. You can check your energy distributor website for further outage updates. 

The following major roads have damage due to flooding, however vehicles are able to cross the location with caution:

  • Tweed Valley Way, Tumbulgum CAUTION water & mud still over the road,
  • Pacific Highway between Tabbimoble and Tyndale at 40km/hr,
  • Gwydir Highway between Glen Innes and Grafton, road stabilisation work.

Many local roads and bridges are affected by water damage and/or landslips. For more information visit your local councils website as they are managing repairs.

Current Warnings

  • Minor Flood Warning for the Richmond River,
  • Final Flood Warning for the Severn River,
  • Final Flood Warning for the Bogan River,
  • Minor Flood Warning for the Macintyre and Weir Rivers.

To view all current warnings and latest river heights visit www.bom.gov.au

NSW SES continues to remind people living in and around the affected areas that floodwater and leftover debris may be contaminated with sewage. To prevent illness, contact with floodwater should be minimised. Avoid swimming in rivers, lagoons and estuaries for at least three days after heavy rain. Click here for more information about what you can do after a flood

NSW SES continues to provide support and assistance to flood affected communities in conjunction with Fire and Rescue NSW, NSW Rural Fire Service, NSW Ambulance, Volunteer Rescue Association, and South Australia State Emergency Service.

Office of Emergency Management can provide disaster relief grants to eligible individuals and families whose homes and essential household contents have been damaged or destroyed by a natural disaster.For more information visit Disaster assistance for individuals

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