The sound of rain: BOM predicts minor flooding for Wilsons, Richmond rivers

ABOVE: The Richmond River in Casino at the footbridge. Photo not taken today. Photo: Susanna Freymark

The weather situation may cause minor flooding in parts of the region.

The Bureau of Meteorology has issued a flood watch for the Northern Rivers. This is not a flood warning.

A flood watch means there is a possibility of river rises and residents near waterways should be aware of possible flooding.

Only minor flooding is predicted for today, Thursday, May 12.

Catchments affecting Kyogle and Richmond Valley LGAs likely to be affected include:

Richmond River – minor flooding

Wilsons River – minor flooding

The Bureau is continuing to monitor the situation and will issue further catchment specific warnings if and when required.

Catchment soil moisture is average.

Go here for the latest flood and weather warnings.

Go here for the latest rainfall and weather forecasts.

For the latest rainfall and river level information click here.

The Northern Rivers SES issued a statement:

“We understand that the current weather system may be causing concern for many people in the Northern Rivers.  Recent events have left our communities, not only devastated but also traumatised.

“We do know that we are stronger than we think.  So, let’s drag the monster out from under the bed and have a good hard look at it.

“This monster’s name is Anxiety.  It is important to acknowledge that it exists and that, especially considering recent events, it is normal to be feeling this way (we have trouble sleeping when the rain gets heavy too).  You are not over-reacting or being silly. Your concerns are valid.

Rainfall map. Photo: BOM

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