27/02/2022 02:51 AM

The Bureau of Meteorology and NSW State Emergency Service are advising residents in Northern NSW of local intense rainfall leading to dangerous and life-threatening flash flooding.

Thunderstorms from Sunday afternoon may produce rainfall totals of up to 250mm within a six-hourly period.

NSW SES Deputy Incident Controller, Supt. Mark Elm said rainfalls have the potential to reach 500mm in 24 hours across the northeast corner of NSW over Sunday and Monday.

In addition to the rainfall, spring and large high tides occurring over the coming days together with a potential East Coast Low developing over Tuesday and Wednesday residents need to act now.

“NSW SES are urging residents of the Northern Rivers and Mid North Coast to prepare now for flash flooding, Supt. Elm said”

Residents need to take the following steps to prepare their property now, and don’t delay.

  • Clean your gutters, down pipes, and drains
  • Trim trees and branches from around your house
  • Lift furniture, valuable possessions
  • Have plan, know where you will go if you are ordered leave your home.
  • Prepare a home emergency kit

‘Businesses should enact their Flood Plans, raise stock and inventory off the ground as high as possible Supt. Elm said.’

We are reminding all members of the public, “Do not walk, drive or ride through flood water!” It is not worth your life!

Keep up to date with the latest information by visiting the NSW SES and Bureau of Meteorology websites and social media platforms.

For emergency help in floods and storms, call the NSW State Emergency Service on 132 500. In life threatening situations call triple zero (000) immediately.

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