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Debris has washed up on the beaches at Yamba and rain fell overnight, continuing off and on this morning.
Debris has washed up on the beaches at Yamba and rain fell overnight, continuing off and on this morning.

 

7PM

A MINOR to moderate flood warning has been issued for the Clarence River.
An average of 93 millimetres of rain has fallen during the past 24 hours to 6 pm today [22/02/13]. However, the rain intensity has increased during the past 6 hours, with 47 millimetres falling during this period.
Further heavy rain is forecast for tonight and Saturday morning.
At this stage it is not possible to predict the flood peak because of uncertainty over how much more rain will fall.
Predicted River Heights/Flows:

  • Grafton - based on forecast rain:

Exceed minor flood level (2.1 metres) around 9am Saturday
Reach moderate flood level (3.6 metres) Saturday night

  • Ulmarra

Reach 3.0 metres Saturday night with minor flooding

  • Maclean - predictions will be provided when upstream peaks are noted

FloodSafe advice is available at www.ses.nsw.gov.au
For emergency assistance call the SES on telephone number 132 500.
For life threatening emergencies, call 000 immediately.
This next warning will be issued by 10pm Friday [22/02/13].

Latest River Heights:


Nymboida R at Nymboida  6.31m rising  05:30 PM FRI 22/02/13
Mann R at Mitchell 0.83m steady 05:00 PM FRI 22/02/13
Boyd R at Broadmeadows 1.39m steady 05:30 PM FRI 22/02/13
Clarence R at Tabulam 1.87m rising 05:00 PM FRI 22/02/13
Clarence R at Baryulgil 3.22m rising 05:30 PM FRI 22/02/13
Mann R at Jackadgery 2.4m rising 05:45 PM FRI 22/02/13
Clarence R at Lilydale 3.74m rising 05:00 PM FRI 22/02/13
Orara R at Glenreagh 7.91m rising 02:00 PM FRI 22/02/13
Clarence R at Grafton (Prince St) 0.8m rising 06:00 PM FRI 22/02/13
Clarence R at Ulmarra 0.65m rising 04:00 PM FRI 22/02/13
Clarence R at Maclean 0.61m steady 06:00 PM FRI 22/02/13
For latest rainfall and river level information see www.bom.gov.au/nsw/flood/

The Pacific Hwy is closed at Woodburn.

5.23pm

WE are hearing reports of a Jacaranda tree over the railway line in Grafton. We are heading to investigate.

Reports from motorists on the Pacific Hwy are saying there is a huge amount of water on the road and road workers are out telling drivers to slow down to drive through.

5.00pm

MOTORISTS are advised to delay all travel due to the wild weather on the NSW North and Mid North Coast.
Waterfall Way is now closed in both directions on Dorrigo Mountain due to flooding.
As well, numerous trees have fallen across the Pacific Highway between Nambucca and the Queensland border due to the heavy rain and high winds.
In Dirty Creek, traffic on the Pacific Highway is affected in both directions due to water over the road.
For the latest traffic information, visit www.livetraffic.com or call 132 701.

4.00pm

AN SES spokeswoman said they are receiving more and more call outs as winds and heavy rain batter the Valley.
She said at present the Orara River remains the only one on flood alert and the BOM confirmed levels on the Clarence are mainly just being influenced by the tides.
The Orara River is at 7.9 metres and rising.
Across the Valley, Wooli has received the heaviest rainfall with the gauge there showing 56mm since 9am.
Grafton has received 31mm since 9am and the Pillar Valley has had  40mm.
Transport NSW said there are no incidents along the Pacific Highway between Woolgoolga and Ballina but the Ulmarra Ferry has been closed due to floods.
 

3.00pm

THE Bureau of Meteorology say the weather system which is predicted to cause moderate to major flooding across the Valley is yet to come in from the sea.

Ashleigh Wilson from the Coffs Harbour Bureau of Meteorology office said the rainfall became more consistent in southern areas at about nine o'clock this morning.

The rain gauge at the Grafton airport had 29mm in the past 24 hours.

The Orara River was indentified by the SES as the primary concern for flooding.

On last measurement the Orara River was at 6.8m and rising.

The Clarence River was at 0.94 and rising on the Prince St gauge.

Down river the levels are rising more slowly with Ulmarra reading 0.87 and rising and Maclean stable at 0.78.

Check back for further updates throughout the day.

 

Drivers stopped to clear a tree over the road at Iluka.
Drivers stopped to clear a tree over the road at Iluka.

2.30pm

 

MOTORISTS are advised to avoid travel between Coffs Harbour and Byron Bay due to heavy rain and high winds.

Numerous trees have fallen across the Pacific Highway between these locations.

There are also delays for motorists at Sandy Beach just north of Coffs Harbour after a car and truck accident on the Pacific Highway at Graham Drive.

Emergency services and traffic crews are working to clear the fallen trees as quickly as possible.

For the latest traffic information, visit www.livetraffic.com or call 132 701.

1.35pm

THE Live Traffic NSW website has reported that traffic on Iluka Rd is affected in both directions at various locations due to fallen trees.

They advise that motorists exercise caution and reduce speed.

Wild weather conditions caused signs to rip at Yamba.
Wild weather conditions caused signs to rip at Yamba.

1.15pm

MAYOR Richie Williamson says Orara may rise higher than during January flood.

A flood warning has been issued for the Orara River system.

Mayor and Coutts Crossing local Richie Williamson said the Orara River might rise higher than it did during the January floods.

He said it was too early to make the call yet but indications were a lot of people would end up being isolated along the Orara river system.

"And there are already some people who are isolated," he said.

He also said the large ocean swells had caused significant erosion on the Valley's beaches and water was washing over the foot path at Yamba main beach.

An SES spokeswoman said flood technicians and storm damage teams had been deployed and were ready to go in several locations across the Valley.

She said they had received 74 calls over the past two days, mainly for pre-emptory sandbagging and tree breakages. 

Noon

POWER outages have been reported across the Clarence Valley.

Severe winds over 90km/h have damaged power lines in two main locations in the Clarence Valley.

An Essential Energy spokeswoman said 24 customers are without power at Red Rock and 300 are without power just south of Maclean.

Crews have been dispatched from Grafton and the spokeswoman said it is unclear how long it will take to get the power back.

Check back for more updates on the developing weather situation throughout the day.

11.40am

THE Bureau of Meteorology say the weather system predicted to cause moderate to major flooding across the Valley is yet to come in from the sea.

Ashleigh Wilson from the Coffs Harbour Bureau of Meteorology office said the rainfall became more consistent in southern areas at about nine o'clock this morning.

The rain gauge at the Grafton airport had 29mm in the past 24 hours.

The Orara River was indentified by the SES as the primary concern for flooding.

On last measurement the Orara River was at 6.8m and rising.

The Clarence River was at 0.94 and rising on the Prince St gauge.

Down river the levels are rising more slowly with Ulmarra reading 0.87 and rising and Maclean stable at 0.78.

Check back for further updates throughout the day.

10.00am

A FLOOD watch remains in place this morning for the Clarence Valley.

Debris has washed up on the beaches at Yamba and rain fell overnight, continuing off and on this morning.

9.50am

WOOLI resident Tanja Ackerman gave us a report on conditions from Wooli Beach about 9.50am.

"Just got in from the beach, it is now too dangerous to be out in that," she said.

"I am soaked got, hit by a huge wave on the breakwall, then knocked to the ground with a wind gust.

"Love it, so powerful, I am buzzing, however there is a limit and that is now.

"Now it is just dangerous.

"I had to ask two teenage boys to get off the wall. They were hanging on to the marker pole on the tip getting smashed by waves."

7.22am

THE below was issued by the Bureau of Meteorology:

A deep low pressure system off the New South Wales far north coast will produce very heavy rain and severe winds over northeastern parts of the state today and Saturday.

There is a 75% chance of flooding developing in the following river valleys:

Onset from Friday :

  • Tweed River valley - minor flooding
  • Brunswick River valley - minor to moderate flooding
  • Richmond and Wilsons River valley - minor to moderate flooding in the Wilsons and upper Richmond and moderate to major flooding for the lower Richmond at Coraki and downstream
  • Clarence River valley - moderate to major flooding for the Orara and southern parts of the Clarence valley and moderate flooding for Grafton and downstream
  • Coffs Harbour - moderate flooding
  • Bellinger and Nambucca River valleys - major flooding
  • Macleay River valley - major flooding in the lower half of the valley downstream from Georges Creek
  • Hastings River valley - moderate to major flooding
  • Camden Haven valley - minor to moderate flooding

Onset from Friday night:

  • Manning River valley - moderate flooding
  • Hunter River valley - minor to moderate flooding

A Severe Weather Warning for destructive and damaging wind, heavy rain and damaging surf (along the coast) is also current for the Northern Rivers, Mid North Coast, Hunter and Northern Tablelands weather forecast districts.

This warning will be updated regularly as the event unfolds.

This Flood Watch means that people living or working along rivers and creeks must monitor the latest weather forecasts and warnings and be ready to move to higher ground should flooding develop.

Flood Warnings will be issued if Minor Flood Level is expected to be exceeded at key sites along the main rivers for which the Bureau of Meteorology provides a flood warning service.

Across NSW about 75% of Flood Watches are followed by flooding within the catchment.

FloodSafe advice is available at www.ses.nsw.gov.au

For emergency assistance call the SES on telephone number 132 500.

For life threatening emergencies, call 000 immediately.

Weather Forecast:

For the latest weather forecast see www.bom.gov.au/nsw/forecasts/

Next Issue:

This flood watch will be reviewed by 11am Saturday.

For latest rainfall and river level information see www.bom.gov.au/nsw/flood/

Topics:  bureau of meteorology clarence river clarence valley flooding heavy rain weather



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