NSW SES Flood Update Wednesday Morning

14/06/2017 08:09 AM

Weather Situation

A low pressure system within a trough off the southern QLD coast has brought heavy rain and some flooding to the northern parts of the coast and adjacent ranges in the past several days. The low centre is expected to weaken today but the trough will remain. A ridge extends across southern and western parts of the state. The risk of further heavy rain with a worsening of flooding has passed, but high river levels and flood warnings continue.

The Severe Weather Warning for flash flooding was cancelled late Tuesday.

River Conditions

Minor flooding is occurring on the Wilsons River at Lismore with the river near 5.4 metres and slowly falling.

Minor flooding is also occurring on the Richmond River at Coraki and Bungawalbyn.

Coraki is expected to peak at 4.50m Wednesday afternoon, with minor flooding.

Bungawalbyn is expected to peak near 4.0 metres Wednesday afternoon with minor flooding.

NSW SES Response

The NSW SES has received a total of 484 Requests for Assistance (RFA’s) since the commencement of this Event. This is an increase of 36 since the last reporting period.

The NSW SES have undertaken 4 Flood Rescues.

The areas most affected during this event have been around Lismore  and the north east of the State, and western and northern Sydney. Most calls have related to leaking roofs, localised flash flooding, sandbagging of properties and minor damage from fallen trees and branches.

NSW SES has a range of assets in the north east of the State to assist with the response. This includes one winch capable aviation asset to support operations located at Ballina airport. In addition, a total of 98 members have been deployed to affected areas to bolster local crews. Assistance has been also provided by other agencies and local councils. Support has included four Fire and Rescue NSW Tanker Teams (16 people) and a Hi-Trans pump Fire and Rescue pump situated at Lismore to assist in moving stormwater out of the Lismore basin.

The NSW SES has received 2309 calls in the State Operations Centre since the commencement of this event, with the NSW SES State Operations Centre staffed with additional resources to manage increased call flow from the public.

For information on power outages in specific areas refer to: http://www.essentialenergy.com.au/content/outage-all and http://www.ausgrid.com.au/poweroutages#/map http://www.endeavourenergy.com.au

For details on road closures refer to: https://www.livetraffic.com

For emergency help call the NSW SES on 132 500 or 000 if it is a life-threatening emergency.

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