Richmond River rising: Minor flood warning for Coraki, some roads closed

Droneys Bridge in Richmond Valley is closed because of floodwaters. Photo: Contributed

Weather conditions are easing today with the cancellation of the Severe Weather Warning for the Northern Rivers.

The rainfall from yesterday in Kyogle LGA and beyond has to go somewhere and minor flood warnings have been issued for Richmond and Wilsons rivers at Lismore and Coraki.

The Richmond River was steady at Wiangaree Bridge this morning.

The minor flood warnings for Lismore, Coraki and Bungawalbin were issued by NSW SES at 10am today, January 2.

The Richmond River at Coraki is expected to exceed the minor flood level of 3.4metres. The river level may reach about 4.3metres by tomorrow afternoon on Wednesday, January 3.

There is likely to be a rural inundation across southwest of Coraki.

Richmond River rising at Coraki. Photo taken at 11.20am opposite the Riverview Cafe by Kristy Gill.

The Wilsons River at Lismore is at .8metres and rising but is expected to remain well below the minor flood level of 4.2metres.

If you are isolated and need a resupply call the NSW SES on 132 500.

Rebecca Verstegen is isolated at Back Creek.

“We are glad we have plenty of food and alcohol. I hope everyone who is cut off are also going okay. Water on the way down, dams full,” Rebecca said.

Back Creek flooding. Photo: Rebecca Verstegen

Roads

Major access routes including Summerland Way, Bruxner Highway and Clarence Way are open.

Yesterday, flash flooding impacted Bentley Road (partially closed) and Kyogle Road. IndyNR.com is waiting on an update from Kyogle Council on the road conditions today.

Residents have said the road from Green Pigeon to Kyogle is good to drive as is the drive from Kyogle to Lismore.

Richmond Valley Council has advised that Droneys Bridge Road is closed because of flooding.

Tomki-Tatham Bridge is closed today so council workers can clear the flood debris.

Other Richmond Valley roads affected by flooding are:

Sullivans Road, Stratheden – bridge closed

Report flood damage in Kyogle LGA to Kyogle Council on 66321611 or for after hours emergencies call 6626 6800.

For Richmond Valley call the council on 6660 0300. This number is monitored after hours for emergencies.

Check roads  and plan your route through https://www.livetraffic.com/ 

Photo taken at 10.30am on January 2. Casino Footbridge is underwater. Photo: Navanka Fletcher

The State Emergency Service advises that people should: 

Keep clear of fallen power lines. 

Don’t walk, ride or drive through flood water. 

Keep clear of creeks and storm drains. 

Beware of fallen trees or debris on the road. 

Stay vigilant and monitor conditions. 

East Coraki Bridge. Photo: Andrew Watt

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