FLOOD UPDATE: River rises and road closures

ABOVE: The water is rising around the Rappville Hotel today. Photo: Lisa Stewart

Susanna Freymark

A severe weather warning remains in place for the Northern Rivers.

There is a strong wind warning for Evans Head and the Byron Coast.

Richmond Valley Council advised this morning that Summerland Way was closed at Leeville because of water inundation.

Heavy rainfall recorded across the Richmond and Wilsons River catchments has caused significant river level rises along the Wilsons River and Leycester Creek.

This has the potential to cause minor flooding along the Richmond River at Coraki and Bungawalbin from today, Thursday, February 24. The river is likely to reach the minor flood level (3.40m) around 11am today.

A separate warning has been issued for the Wilsons River.

The Richmond River at Bungawalbin is likely to reach the minor flood level (3m) today.

AK Quinn Bus Services said both their Drake services would not be operating today because of flooding.

Janine Whittaker drove to Lismore from Casino at 11am and she said there was a lot of water close to the road at Pelicans Bridge near Parrots Nest.

From 9am yesterday, there was 115.2mm of rain.

Noel Pascoe said there were huge downpours at times in Casino.

“We copped 81mm in the seven hours from midnight,” he said.

Raegyn Whittle said there was 145mm overnight at Ellangowan and she can’t get to town.

According to roads info (which has only updated some roads today), these roads have been impacted by water:

Kyogle LGA

Clarence Way including:

Culmaran Creek Rd, closed

Tunglebung Rd is open, proceed with caution, this could change

Collins Valley Rd, Lynchs Creek Bridge is closed, water over the bridge

Old Cob O’Corn Rd, water over the bridge, closed

Tims Lane closed, water over bridge

Kyogle Rd into South Lismore has water over the road in three places – drive with caution

Richmond Valley

Summerland Way – closed, south of Ryans Rd, Both at Leeville and Coombell and between Ellangowan Road and Bungawalbin – Whiporie Road. Barricades and traffic control are in place at the Casino Showground.

Other roads impacted are:

Queensland Road

Short Street, Casino

Footpath at Black Gully Bridge, Bruxner Highway

Swan Bay New Italy Rd

Mooney New Italy Rd

Casino Foot Bridge is closed, water over the bridge

Myrtle Creek Rd, entrance is flooded

Broadheads Rd at Shannonbrook is flooded.

Coraki Casino Rd at Greenridge (both lanes closed)

Tomki Tatham Rd (on the gravel section)

Clovass Rd

Schielers Rd, Tomki

Reynolds Rd (various locations including near the quarry)

Savilles Rd

Ellangowan Rd

Leeville Station Rd

Marks Lane

Johnsons Rd

Fogwells Rd between Bairnsdale School road and Geraghtys Rd

Caution: Dark Lane

Possibly Rappville Rd will also be flooded later today. The turnoff to Rappville from the highway has been impacted with water, drive with caution

If you require assistance from flooding and need sandbags call the NSW SES on 132 500.

Stay safe and stay home if you can.

If you have any info on roads near you, email us on indynr.com@gmail.com so we can update this information or go to our Facebook Page.

Ryans Bridge today. Photo: Rachel Knapp

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