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The NSW State Emergency Service (NSW SES) has announced that residents in low-lying areas of Mullumbimby, Condong, Tumbulgum and low-lying areas of Kyogle will be able to return home.
Meanwhile, the council in Lismore said the Wilsons River is “slowly receding” and has fallen below the height of the levee that flooded yesterday.
The river is now 10.47 meters after peaking at 11.4 meters last night.
“River levels are likely to remain above the major flood level (9.7 meters) on Thursday,” the Lismore City Council said on Facebook.
Airport closed due to flooding
All commercial flights to and from Ballina Byron Airport today and tomorrow have been canceled due to the flood disaster.
There are limited services on weekends.
The airport is closed as the runway must dry before commercial flights can resume.
While heavy rains will ease across northern NSW today, a new weather warning has been issued further south.
Strong winds are being felt across the state with a gale warning issued for northern NSW, all the way to the south coast.
NSW Emergency Situations Minister Steph Cooke said communities south of the northern rivers would be affected.
“The weather system is making its way up the east coast and we will see other communities affected in the coming days as it moves south,” Ms Cooke said.
Communities living on or near the Wilsons, Richmond, Clarence and Yarrara rivers, particularly downstream, regardless of flooding, have been urged to keep up to date with the latest forecasts and warnings.
The BoM has also issued a harmful surf warning to people in parts of the Mid North Coast, Hunter, Metropolitan, Illawarra and South Coast Forecast Districts.
“Damaging surf along the central and southern coast of NSW developing Thursday afternoon. Abnormal high tides possible along parts of the Mid North Coast as of Thursday morning,” it said.
The sea is being swept up by a low-pressure system currently located about 280 kilometers north of NSW, while a slow-moving high-pressure system is located south of the Bight.
There is also a severe weather warning in effect from Kempsey, south of the Victorian border, for abnormally high tides, dangerous surf and strong, gusty winds.
Coastal erosion is also possible, especially on south-facing beaches.
Narramore said the worst was expected today and tomorrow.
There are over 20 flood warnings for river systems across the north and mid north coasts as far as Hawkesbury in Sydney where a minor flood warning has been issued.
NSW SES Deputy Commissioner Daniel Austin has warned that while the threat of flash flooding from rainfall has diminished, “significant river flooding” is still ongoing.
“That water has to be drained through these systems,” he said.
“The river threat is certainly not over at this point.”
The SES has received just over 100 calls for help in the past 24 hours, including 11 flood rescues.
Most rescues took place during the day yesterday, with communities hit by fast-rising flash flooding on the Mid North Coast.
Residents watch in horror as the city is engulfed by floods
Search for missing elderly care nurse
Police have issued an urgent appeal for information as the search for a missing 55-year-old continues.
Anita Brakel was last seen in her car on Tuesday evening.
NSW Assistant Police Commissioner Joe Cassar said Ms Brakel, who originally lived in Nowra, had been recruited in Lismore as an aged care worker.
It is the second time in a month that the city has been flooded, with February having a flood peak of more than 14 meters.
In total, the unit was ordered to deliver just under 100 requests for assistance, including flood evacuations, support and storm jobs.
Fire and Rescue NSW teams were also on hand to assist, assisting paramedics to reach an eight-year-old boy suffering from COVID-19 isolated by flooding in Bucca, north of Coffs Harbour.
About 6,000 people are still without power, and Deputy Commissioner Austin points to “many infrastructure problems” in the Northern Rivers.
“We see a lot of businesses and homes as well as some emergency services in the community that are still in a state of repair,” he said.
“We will continue to work to fix it as soon as possible, and I am confident that these issues have not hindered our response during this specific time.”
Residents Ballina start cleaning up
Residents of Ballina have also criticized the lack of evacuation warnings when they woke up in an underwater city yesterday morning.
Marc Wilson, a longtime resident of Byron, told 9News that the flooding was “the worst I’ve ever seen.”
“We knew there was going to be a storm, but not so extreme that it was coming.
“Otherwise I’m sure a lot of these stores would have sandbags and a lot of prep if they knew it was going to be as bad as it was.”
The Ballina SES unit was inundated with requests yesterday amid extensive flash flooding – many homes and businesses are without power.
By 5 p.m. yesterday, they had received 169 requests for help “excluding flood rescues and unregistered evacuations.”
“This brings the total to 214 registered jobs in the past three days,” it wrote on Facebook.
“There has been 282mm of rain in the last 24 hours and the Richmond River peaked at 2.38m at 8.30am.”
Locals had previously called for the “urgent” establishment of evacuation centers in Ballina.