Transition to recovery is underway in Northern Rivers

06/04/2017 01:06 PM

The operational response of the NSW SES is easing with the transition to the recovery phase underway. An Evacuation Order still remains in place for Tumbulgum. The All Clear is dependent upon work being completed on the sewage lines servicing Tumbulgum.

All Evacuations Centres and Disaster Welfare assistance points are now closed however Recovery Centres are now open at:

  • Public Works Facility - East Lismore. Open between 9:00 – 5:00pm
  • Murwillumbah Community Centre - Murwillumbah. Open between 9:00 – 5:00pm

Click here for more information on the Recovery Centres and the North Coast NSW Floods Recovery information newsletter.

NSW SES has received a total of 2891 jobs related to flood assistance since 28th of March. This includes a total of 493 Flood Rescue jobs in this time.

The Bureau of Meteorology has advised that there is no significant weather forecast in the affected locations over the next two days.

There are still isolations as river systems continue to drain. These isolations are predominantly due to local road/bridge damage and floodwaters. 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/h,
  • 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 council’s website as they are managing the repairs.

Current Warnings

  • Final Minor Flood Warning for the Richmond River,
  • Final Flood Warning for the Bogan River,
  • Minor Flood Warning for the Weir River

To view all current warnings and latest river heights visit

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.

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, andVolunteer Rescue Association.

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

Click here for more information about what you can do after a flood

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