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Major flooding continues in northern New South Wales


Issued: 10.00am AEDT on Monday 28 February 2022

Multiple major flood warnings remain current for north-eastern New South Wales including the Tweed, Richmond, Wilsons, Clarence, Brunswick rivers and Marshall Creek.

Wilsons River at Lismore is currently higher than the February 1954 and 1974 levels and is continuing to increase.

Dangerous and life-threatening flash flooding will continue for parts of the Northern Rivers and Mid North Coast throughout Monday.

Rain will continue today and gradually ease in the far north later this afternoon and later this evening for parts of the Mid North Coast as the low moves a little further south. Further rain and thunderstorms are possible on Thursday and Friday across the northern NSW coast.

Along the southern half of the NSW coast, riverine flooding may also develop with heavy rain forecast on Wednesday as a low moves towards the central NSW coast. This system may also bring damaging winds and waves.

A hazardous surf warning for the Byron Coast, Coffs Coast and Macquarie Coast is current and is likely to extend to the south of the state by Wednesday.

With many catchments saturated, flash flooding and landslides are occurring, and emergency services are advising the community to stay off the roads and monitor the situation closely.

Communities should be prepared for flood impacts and are encouraged to keep up to date with the latest forecasts and warnings on the Bureau's website and BOM Weather app, and to follow the advice of emergency services.

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