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Several flood warnings in place across NSW as slow-moving low pressure system brings heavy rainfall and severe thunderstorms English Headline


Just over a week after the Bureau of Meteorology declared a third La Nina was underway, residents in New South Wales have been hit with another round of severe thunderstorms and widespread flooding.

Large areas and catchments in western and northern NSW are experiencing heavy rainfall and flooding which is expected to continue into the weekend.

Minister for Flood Recovery, Emergency Services and Resilience Steph Cooke on Thursday said the state was facing challenges on “multiple fronts” with prolonged flooding affecting the state.

“We are at start of a very long season we expect… and as we have seen all year our catchments our landscapes are highly saturated, and this increases the risk of flash flooding and water coming up very, very quickly and catching people unawares,” she said.

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“We can expect some heavy rainfall and some severe thunderstorms to continue over the next 24 hours particularly through that mid-north coast area and up into the northern rivers region.”

The heavy rain has been brought on by a slow-moving low pressure system in the north east of the state with the BOM issuing flood warnings for several river systems and catchments across the north of NSW.

Six hour rainfall totals of 60 to 80 millimetres are expected with 120 mm possible in some areas.

The 24 hourly rainfall totals are predicted to range between 80 and 120 mm with isolated falls to 200 mm possible.

“Heavy rainfall rates are expected to contract to chiefly northern parts of the warning area this evening, although heavy falls still remain possible throughout. Clearance is expected during the late evening or early Friday morning,” the BOM warning read.

A flood warning has been issued for the Northern Rivers, Mid-North Coast and Hunter Districts – the list of catchments likely to be affected can be seen below.

NSW State Emergency Service commissioner Carlene York said teams were already working to prepare catchments and communities which are expected to be affected flooding.

“At the moment we’ve got extensive flooding in the far west of NSW and we’re helping communities out there not only in relation to those flood waters but preparing as it comes down the river system and also resupplying those small farms and townships that get cut off by the riverine flooding,” she said.

“Today we’re obviously concerned as this weather system moves across onto the coast and starts to affect some of those areas that have been severely impacted in previous floods over the last 16 months.”

NSW SES crews have rescued at least 50 people and received over 500 requests across the state with the majority of those coming from the west.

  • Tweed and Rouse Rivers – minor to moderate flooding
  • Brunswick River and Marshalls Creek – minor to moderate flooding
  • Wilsons River – minor to moderate flooding
  • Richmond River – minor flooding
  • Orara River – minor flooding
  • Coffs Coast
  • Bellinger and Kalang Rivers – minor flooding
  • Nambucca River – minor flooding
  • Macleay River – minor flooding
  • Hastings River – minor flooding
  • Camden Haven River – minor flooding
  • Manning and Gloucester Rivers – minor flooding
  • Goulburn and Upper Hunter Rivers – minor flooding
  • Wollombi Brook and Lower Hunter River – minor to moderate flooding



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