WEATHER UPDATE: Minor flooding of Richmond and Wilsons Rivers today and Wednesday
November 29, 2021
ABOVE: The footbridge at Casino is closed because of flooding. Photo: Susanna Freymark
The rain keeps coming.
The Casino footbridge is closed because of high water levels in the Richmond River. People can use the Irving Bridge until further notice.
Yates Crossing in Tabulam is impassable.
Northern Rivers NSW SES reminded people to be careful out there.
“With the current system bringing the potential for heavy, isolated falls there is a chance that flash flooding may occur.
“This type of flooding hits fast and hard but it also subsides relatively quickly.
“When approaching a river, creek or causeway look upstream before crossing. Please do not drive, ride or walk through floodwater. It’s better to arrive late than never,” they wrote on their Facebook page.
To keep up-to-date about major weather events, notices from the SES and road closures, visit the council’s Disaster Dashboard at https://bit.ly/3D3phQn
A deepening low pressure trough through the northeast of the state is bringing rain and thunderstorms today and tomorrow.
The Bureau of Meteorology has put out a warning of minor flooding along the Richmond and Wilsons Rivers.
What’s causing the rain?
According to BOM — a ridge of high pressure lies south of the continent, while a trough will linger over the northeast interior, maintaining unsettled weather in the east and north. The high centre of the ridge is east of Tasmania and will become established over the southern Tasman Sea today. More unsettled weather looks set to form during Tuesday and Wednesday as an upper level disturbance assists the deepening of the trough through the states northeast.
In the past seven days (not including today) Casino has had 111mm of rain while Evans Head has seen a rainfall of 61.8mm.
BOM rain monitor Lyn Walters at Green Pigeon measured 99.2mm during the week.
The total rainfall for the month at Green Pigeon was 180.6mm.
And there’s more to come.
On Wednesday it continues to be cloudy with a 95% chance of rain, most likely in the morning and afternoon. There is the chance of a thunderstorm inland with possible heavy falls.
Thursday is partly cloudy with a 70% chance of showers, most likely in the morning and afternoon.