SES: Flooding update for Lismore and Billinudgel
Update Saturday 9.30am: Minor flooding is occurring along the Wilsons River at Lismore, the SES has confirmed.
After heavy rainfall was recorded across the Wilsons River catchment on Friday evening, significant river level rises have been observed in the Wilson River catchment overnight.
"The Wilsons River at Lismore (AHD) may peak near 5.20 metres around midday Saturday, with
minor flooding," the SES confirmed.
People upstream of the Rowing Club River Gauge should allow for a level at least 60 cm higher than the gauge reading due to the flood slope.
• Residents and businesses in the Lismore Basin may experience localised flash flooding prior to river rises.
• A number of low-lying rural roads will be flooded.
No further flooding is expected in the Marshalls Creek, at Billinudgel.
The Marshalls Creek at Billinudgel has peaked just below the minor flood level (2.5 metres)
around 3am Saturday.
Some rural roads may still be closed due water in low lying areas.
Motorists should avoid driving through flood waters, which may have washed away road surfaces and could be deeper or faster-flowing than they look.
Never walk, drive or ride through floodwaters. If it's flooded, forget it.
Check on your neighbours.
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.
Update 8.30am: State Emergency Services Northern Zone public information officer Janet Petit said members are currently working with police to rescue a woman trapped in her car at Billinudgel.
"The SES along with police are currently involved in rescuing a woman in her car trapped in floodwater on Middle Pocket Rd, Billinudgel," she said.
"However they have reported the woman is safe.
"Roads are going to be slippery and many low lying areas affected by flash flooding so if you come across flood water, turn around, if it's flooded forget it".
Ms Pettit said volunteers have been called out to 51 jobs across the Northern Rivers from Grafton to Tweed Heads.
"The majority of jobs were mostly leaking roofs, trees and branches down on residences and roads," she said.
"If trees are on a main they are removed by councils but if is on your property and blocking access to your house or is on your residence then call the SES on 132500."
Heavy rainfall overnight has caused minor flooding, Ms Pettit said.
"Byron Bay had 131mm in the past 24 hours, Yelgun Creek had 117mm and the Channon had 199mm as recorded by the BOM and Dunoon had 158mm and Ballina Airport had 99mm," she said.
"We currently have a minor flood warning on the Wilson River which will peak around midday on Saturday and last night issued a final flood warning for Billinudgel for Marshall's Creek."
Original story: Minor flooding is expected at along the Wilsons River at Lismore and Marshalls Creek at Billinudgel Saturday morning, the SES confirmed.
Heavy rainfall was recorded across both catchments on Friday evening, February 19.
The communication said river level rises have been observed in the Wilson River catchment overnight.
"The Wilsons River at Lismore (AHD) is likely to exceed the minor flood level (4.20m) early Saturday morning," it read.
The SES also said the river level may peak near 4.50 metres around midday Saturday with minor flooding.
"People upstream of the Rowing Club River Gauge should allow for a level at least half a metre higher than the gauge reading due to the flood slope," the communication warned.
"Residents and businesses in the Lismore Basin may experience localised flash flooding prior to river rises.
"A number of low lying rural roads will be flooded."
In the Lismore area, based on the prediction provided by the Bureau of Meteorology. it is expected the following locations will be affected:
• Low lying farm land and rural properties
• Hensley Car Park next to Sportspower near Fawcett's Bridge
• Lower Rowing Club Car Park
• Bridge St next to McKenzie Park in North Lismore
• Orion St near Simes Bridge
The Marshalls Creek may peak near the minor flood level (2.5m) around 3am Saturday.
The SES is expecting:
• Low lying farm land will be affected.
• Low lying causeways in the upper valley may close causing isolations.
• Rainfall run off (flash flooding) may rapidly impact low lying residential areas and
• The Pocket Road between Red Hill and Billinudgel may be impassable for vehicles.
• Wilfred Street and Stock Route Road will close.
People in areas likely to be impacted by flooding in Billinudgel, Ocean Shores, South Golden
Beach and New Brighton should prepare for potential isolation.
A severe thunderstorm warning was cancelled just before midnight by the Bureau of Meteorology.
People in areas likely to be impacted by flooding need to consider the following:
• If your property/business is at risk of inundation, please raise movable items, such as furniture, as high as possible onto benches or tables, placing electrical items on top.
• Secure outside belongings and before leaving; turn off the power, water and take essential medicines and clothes with you.
• Monitor emergency warnings and severe weather updates.
• Never drive, ride or walk through flood water.
• Farmers are advised to monitor equipment and livestock and should move machinery, livestock, pumps and fodder including waste and chemical containers to well above predicted flood levels.
For emergency help in floods and storms, call the NSW State Emergency Service on 132 500. In life threatening situations call triple-0 (000) immediately.
For more information:
• Lismore Council Disaster Dashboard: Go to https://disaster.lismore.nsw.gov.au/
• Social Media: Follow NSW SES Northern Rivers and NSW SES Lismore City Unit on Facebook or monitor NSW SES website - www.ses.nsw.gov.au
• Radio: Listen to ABC North Coast radio 94.5FM and your local radio stations.
• Rural animal and livestock assistance: Contact Local Land Services