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Severe weather alerts active for SE QLD and Northern NSW, with evacuation warnings issued for parts of Lismore again

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Lismore cannot catch a break at the moment with two separate flood evacuation warnings issued for residents and visitors to the areas listed below to prepare for evacuation.

These areas include:

  • Winterton Parade, Lismore
  • Pitt Lane, Lismore
  • Pitt Street, Lismore
  • Wotherspoon Street, Lismore
  • The area bordered by Casino Street, Bruxner Highway, Caniaba Street and the Lismore Airport in South Lismore
  • Norca Lane, River Road, Elliott Road, Foleys Road, Taylor Street, Wardell Street and Riverview Park in South Lismore
  • The northern end of Cabiaba Street, Meadow Drive, Charlton Avenue and Scott Place in South Lismore

The warnings have been issued as the Bureau of Meteorology is predicting possible flooding along the Wilson River. NSW SES is advising residents in the low-lying area’s listed that they may need to evacuate due to rising flood waters.

In NSW an active severe weather warning is in place for heavy rainfall and damaging winds for people in the Northern Rivers and parts of the Mid North Coast and Northern Tablelands forecast district. Warnings of locally intense falls are expected from this evening. Life-Threatening flash flooding is possible with thunderstorms with the possibility of falls within the six-hour period of up to 300mm.

Damaging wind gusts with peak gust of up to 90km/h are possible in coastal regions from Tuesday. The Bureau of Meteorology is also warning of the possibility of landslides and debris across roads from the heavy rain.

A flood watch is in place for river systems from Sydney upwards including moderate to major flooding possible for the Richmond, Wilsons, Orara and Bellinger River systems from Tuesday

Minor to Moderate flooding possible for other coastal catchments between the Tweed and Hawkesbury Nepean Valley.

In Queensland a severe weather warning is active for people in on the Southeast Coast including parts of Darling Downs and Granite Belt forecast districts for heavy rainfall.

Intense rainfall leading to dangerous and life-threatening flash flooding is possible with six hourly falls up to 200mm possible.  Queensland also have a warning of the potential of landslides and debris across roads.

A flood watch is active for the following catchments:

Sunshine Coast Rivers and Creeks, Pine and Caboolture Rivers, Upper Brisbane River, Lower Brisbane River, Logan and Albert Rivers and Gold Coast Rivers and Creeks.

The NSW State Emergency Service advises that people should:

Move vehicles under cover or away from trees.
* Secure or put away loose items around your house, yard and balcony.
* Keep at least 8 metres away from fallen power lines or objects that may be energised, such as fences.
* Trees that have been damaged by fire are likely to be more unstable and more likely to fall.
* Report fallen power lines to either Ausgrid (131 388), Endeavour Energy (131 003), Essential Energy (132 080) or Evoenergy (131 093) as shown on your power bill.
* Don’t drive, ride or walk through flood water.
* Keep clear of creeks and storm drains.
* If you are trapped by flash flooding, seek refuge in the highest available place and ring 000 if you need rescue.
* Be aware that run-off from rainfall in fire affected areas may behave differently and be more rapid. It may also contain debris such as ash, soil, trees and rocks.
* After bushfires, heavy rain and the loss of foliage can make the ground soft and heavy, leading to a greater chance of landslides.
* Stay vigilant and monitor conditions. Note that the landscape may have changed following bushfires.
* For emergency help in floods and storms, ring your local SES Unit on 132 500.

The Queensland Fire and Emergency Services advises that people should:
* Never drive, walk or ride through flood waters. If it’s flooded, forget it.
* Keep clear of creeks and storm drains.
* For emergency assistance contact the SES on 132 500.

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