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BOM warns of possible flooding on mid-north coast of NSW, wet weekend for Sydney

Friday June 9, 2017 - 13:20 EST
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Wet weather sets in over Sydney Harbour Bridge. - ABC

The State Emergency Service is urging people to prepare for possible flooding in NSW's northern coastal areas, with 200mm of rain predicted to fall in some areas this weekend.

The Bureau of Meteorology is predicting heavy rainfall in several coastal areas over the next few days, with the potential for flooding from tomorrow.

A flood warning is in place for the Orara, Nambucca, Bellinger, Kalang and Hastings River valleys.

The bureau is warning people who live and work around streams and rivers to keep watch and be ready to move to higher ground if there is flooding.

Phil Campbell from the SES said most of the rain was expected to fall tonight.

"We're in for a pretty wet period and we're looking at rain not just along the coastal fringe but also extending into the ranges as well," he said.

"So those people living and working along the rivers where there are flood watches, they should lift pumps and relocate livestock to higher ground now."

Areas expected to experience heavy rainfall include Lismore, Grafton, Coffs Harbour, Port Macquarie, Taree and Dorrigo.

The SES said residents in flooded areas should keep clear of creeks and storm drains, and not drive, ride or walk through water.

Meanwhile, in Sydney, the Queens Birthday long weekend is expected to be wet.

Rain is predicted to fall in Sydney until at least next Thursday.


© ABC 2017

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