RIVERS ON FLOOD WATCH

The Coffs Coast Advocate - - FRONT PAGE -

THE Orara and Bellinger Rivers were yes­ter­day placed on flood watch as weather fore­cast­ers pre­dicted 100–200mm fall­ing across the Coffs Coast over the com­ing week.

Even be­fore the heavy rain had fallen lo­cally, the Bureau of Me­te­o­rol­ogy had is­sued a mid-morn­ing flood watch for the river catch­ments.

“A coastal trough will deepen off the north­ern New South Wales coast on Wed­nes­day and per­sist into the week­end, with the po­ten­tial for sig­nif­i­cant rain­fall to­tals to build up in the north-east by the end of the week,” the BoM ad­vised.

This rain­fall has the po­ten­tial to cause flood­ing to de­velop in the fol­low­ing river val­leys from late Wed­nes­day on­wards:

1. Brunswick – mi­nor flood­ing

2. Wil­sons – mi­nor flood­ing 3. Orara – mi­nor flood­ing 4. Bellinger – mi­nor flood­ing.

This flood watch means peo­ple liv­ing or work­ing along rivers and streams must mon­i­tor the weather fore­casts and be ready to move to higher ground should flood­ing de­velop.

A coastal trough will deepen off the north­ern New South Wales coast on Wed­nes­day and per­sist into the week­end.

— Bureau of Me­te­o­rol­ogy

LOOK­ING TO THE SKIES: The Bellinger River is on flood watch.

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