ABOVE: Rappville train line. Photo: Lisa Stewart
At 6.15am this morning, Kevin Hogan MP told the Federal Government the floods were a “life and death situation”.
The Government has signed off on the request for the army but there are logistical issues getting army personnel into the area. Janelle Saffin MP said army helicopters were arriving at 2pm.
We have had pleas from people on our Facebook page who need help now.
People have called Triple Zero and the SES and are waiting to be rescued. Others are soaked through, some with little food as they were caught by surprise at the severity of this flood.
Their responses show the severity of the flood conditions.
I have a friend in Hickey Street house is flooded needs help urgently.
My friend’s brother is on the roof with two kids in Lismore.
A friend’s mother is stuck on the roof in north Lismore. they’ve called 000 and the SES is unfortunately hours away. Unsure what can be done to assist them – any help you know of would be amazing and I’ll send the info to her family.
Miffy Rose Mary (UPDATE: the woman has been rescued)
I have a friend at Elliot’s Road at Myrtle Creek who is surrounded by water and water in their house. They are sitting on tables as long as they can till they have to get on the roof. Can’t get onto SES or anyone.
I am cut off at Jacksons Flat. I can’t get to Bonalbo or Tabulam. I am running out of supplies. Under my house is full of water. But I am ok,
I’m at Mummulgum with a rushing river by my house. Can’t get out to get food.
Residents in Casino have the Casino High School on Queensland Road as their evacuation centre.
In Coraki go to high ground at Coraki Uniting Church in Adam Street
The Woodburn-Evans Head Pre School in Woodburn Street is being used as the evacuation centre in Woodburn.
In Kyogle, the evacuation centre is at the Kyogle Memorial Institute Hall.
Rappville residents are advised to head to the Rappville Public School.
In Mallanganee, the hall is open for coffee and biscuits and for anyone west of the range who has to evacuate.