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Two people rescued from car in floodwaters on north coast of NSW

By Elloise Farrow-Smith, Sunday June 11, 2017 - 20:51 EST
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The city of Lismore, which is still recovering from a recent flood, has a minor flood warning. - ABC

Emergency services have rescued two people and their dog after they got caught driving in floodwaters on the New South Wales north coast.

Crews from the Mullumbimby State Emergency Service received a call for a car stranded on a causeway at Billinudgel this afternoon.

Extra volunteers have been recruited this weekend, with the Bureau of Meteorology issuing a minor flood warning for the Richmond River at Coraki and Bungawalbyn and the Wilsons River at Lismore.

Peter Rekers from the Richmond Tweed SES said they have doorknocked homes to alert Lismore residents of potential flooding as heavy rain continued to fall on Sunday night.

"We've got all of our units standing by," he said.

"Our units are thinking about what they might need to do. We're bringing in out-of-area resources to help out with that, so we're just in a holding pattern at the moment, getting ready."

A severe weather warning is currently in place from the mid-north coast to north of the Queensland border.

Large amounts of rain are being recorded, especially in the far north of the state, with Evans Head receiving 124 millimeters in the past 24 hours.

Anita Titmarsh from the Bureau of Meterology said the rain shows no signs of easing.

"These showers and thunderstorms have been generated by a trough sitting just off the coast of New South Wales and these storms are being pushed over the land," she said.

"This trough is going to hang around into this week and we expect this wet weather to continue well into next week."

There is a flood watch for each of the following catchments: Brunswick, Richmond, Wilsons, Coffs Coast, Bellinger, Nambucca and the Hastings River Valley.

The State Emergency Service has increasing concerns for the Tweed catchment especially during the predicted high tide around 10 pm tonight, which will slow catchment drainage.

However, Peter Rekers from the Richmond Tweed SES said the system was not like cyclone Debbie but still requires attention.

"This system is unlike Debbie so we are not likely to see the same sort of patterns as we saw there which quite frankly were very unusual patterns," he said.

"This probably more of the usual sort of stuff but we would like people to look out to their local conditions keep in touch with neighbours, reach out to people who might have a better idea of what's happening in your particular catchment."

The SES has responded for more than 400 calls for assistance since Thursday.


© ABC 2017

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