‘More than enough for one day’ — Flash flooding with more rain to come

The new bridge at Lynchs Creek near the hall is washed out. Photo: Grant Middleton

Susanna Freymark

There has been flash flooding across Kyogle and Richmond Valley today, January 1.

Kyogle Council urged people to avoid unnecessary travel as some roads were inaccessible because of water.

There was flash flooding at Horseshoe Creek Road, about 1km past Hayes Road.

The SES advised that Kyogle Road was closed because of flooding.

Erica Giggins posted this photo of the bridge at the turn-off to Homeleigh.

Photo: Erica Giggins

Residents sent in the rainfalls at their homes.

Greg Daley said there was 165mm at Daleys Nursery, Kyogle.

Mellissa Smyth said 135mm fell at Kyogle Road.

Tina Church said more than 150mm fell at Vidlers Rd, Afterlee  and it was still raining lots.

Kim Clark said 132mm rain had been recorded at 9am today and it was still pouring at Horse Station Creek, Kyogle.

Ettrick Road is closed. Photo: Tracie Hetherington

Tania Gilliland said 130mm fell until 9am today at Eden Creek.

Whitney Ballinger said there was 120mm at 11am at Fawcetts Plains.

Colleen McKee said there was 12mm in South Casino.

Shane Clark said 107mm had fallen so far at Geneva.

Linda Wimble may have said what many people are thinking about the rain – “More than enough for one day.”

There was 70mm rain south of Woodburn, 68mm of it fell in 30 mins. Photo: Tony Duce

More rain is forecast with a high pressure system moving into the Tasman Sea causing humid east to southeasterly winds across northeastern parts of NSW.

Three to six-hourly rainfall totals between 80-160 mm are possible.

The heaviest rainfall is likely to be somewhat hit-and-miss in nature across the warning area, though more likely about the ranges. These conditions are expected to ease during Tuesday.

There is a minor flood watch warning for many areas. (see below).

Flood watch warning area. Photo: Hazards Near Me

Localised intense rainfall is expected in Kyogle and Casino areas. Bungawalbin and Coraki areas are on flood advice for riverine flooding.

Kyogle Ampol Service Station is closing at 6pm today because of the weather and road closures preventing staff getting to work.

Kyogle Caravan Park has had some flooding.

Separate severe thunderstorm warnings may be issued to highlight areas of intense falls if they are expected.

NSW SES put out a second minor flooding warning at 2.15pm today for the Richmond and Wilsons river catchments.

Keep an eye Flood Watch and Flood Warnings.

Horseshoe Creek Bridge at lunch time today, January 1 and still rising at 167mm .

SES chief inspector Hayden Doolan urges people not to drive or walk through flood water.

“Plan your trip before travelling on the roads as we see low-lying areas being flooded.”

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