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BoM ‘really concerned’ about flooding in northern NSW

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BoM National Director of Flood Operations Justin Robinson said he was “really concerned” about north-west New South Wales during his flood update on Tuesday afternoon .

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Residents of New South Wales have been warned to prepare for flooding by the Bureau of Meteorology.

BoM National Director of Flood Operations Justin Robinson said he was “really concerned” about north-west New South Wales during his flood update on Tuesday afternoon .

“The area of ​​greatest concern to us are areas in the interior northwestern portions of the state, which have been affected by flooding in recent weeks,” Robinson said.

“This means that these communities have already experienced major flooding and there is more rainfall over the next two days and we are very concerned that we will see further flooding and a further rise in river levels after this rainfall.

A flood watch was issued for rivers in northern New South Wales and the north central coast on Tuesday morning, while the BoM also reported further rise in river levels in the northwestern slopes .

North coast towns such as Coffs Harbour, Lismore and Ballina have been warned to prepare for two-day rainfall totals of 80 to 120 millimetres.

Meanwhile, northern interior towns such as Moree, Inverell and Narrabri are expected to receive 40 to 80 millimeters over the same two-day period.

Mr Robins said the BoM was “most concerned” about the flooding in the upper MacIntyre River and the Gwydir River.

He said areas that have already suffered “very significant flooding” such as Gunnedah and Wee Waa were also of concern.

The flood operations manager said flooding could continue into next week “depending on how much rain we get over the next two days”.

“It takes a while for these flood waters to come down into these river systems, so I expect that to continue into next week. But we are really hoping to give some of the rainfall some respite.” , Mr. Robinson said. .

“But every day we seem to be getting a little more rain in these flood-affected areas.”

Mr Robinson advised people in the affected areas to ‘stay out of the flood waters’.

“It’s just very important. But it’s also important to follow the warnings from the office and the advice from the SES. So the office is monitoring the flooding situation at all times and when we see the situation change we will update these warnings as soon as possible,” he said.

“And normally once we start seeing rain, we’ll start issuing these warnings every three to six hours with updates for the community.”

Mr Robinson said “people should definitely be aware of the dangers of flash flooding” as some parts of the state receive more than 100mm of rain.

“If you have very heavy rains and very wet catchments, you’ll see flash flooding and flash flooding can be particularly dangerous, especially if you’re in the wrong place at the wrong time when you get really heavy, isolated flooding. precipitation,” he said.

There is currently a major flood warning for the lower Macintyre River and a flood warning for the Weir River in both New South Wales and Queensland.

There are also minor to major flood warnings for the Lachlan, Macquarie and Namoi rivers in New South Wales.

A number of minor, moderate or final flood warnings are also in place for Victoria, the ACT, NSW and Queensland, which can be viewed on the BoM website.

BoM ‘really concerned’ about flooding in northern NSW

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BoM National Director of Flood Operations Justin Robinson said he was “really concerned” about north-west New South Wales during his flood update on Tuesday afternoon .

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