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Major flood warning for Orara River and weather warning for Coffs Coast

⚠️MAJOR FLOODING IS POSSIBLE AT GLENREAGH TODAY AND COUTTS CROSSING TOMORROW AND A SEVERE WEATHER WARNING IS CURRENTLY IN PLACE FOR THE MID NORTH COAST.

⚠️ AREAS THAT MAY BE IMPACTED: Nana Glen, Glenreagh, Kremnos Kungala, Braunstone, Coutts Crossing, Middle Creek, Kangaroo Creek and surrounding areas

⚠️ INTENSE STORM CAUSES FLOODING AND RESCUES – ORARA VALLEY

That intense overnight storm has caused flash flooding and seven rescue operations.

The highest rainfall was 192 millimetres at Corindi, but areas around the city, Glenreagh, Nana Glen and Woolgoolga all received in excess of 100 millimEtres.

The storm saw the SES called to seven flood rescues during the storm.

⚡ The Orara River is expected to reach around 14 metres at 8:00 am this morning and there are already a number of road closures.

⚬ The Orara River at Glenreagh Automatic Gauge may reach the major flood level (13.00 m)
⚬ The Orara River at Glenreagh Bridge (manual flood gauge) may reach the major flood level (10.00 m)
⚬ The Orara River at Coutts Crossing may reach the major flood level (12.00 m) Thursday afternoon.

Some of the flooding witnessed last night in the Orara Valley after 190mm fell in two hours has been the highest in living memory. Three months ago Valley residents had to evacuate due to bushfires.

👉 WHAT YOU SHOULD DO:

⚬ Avoid drowning. Stay out of rising water, seek refuge in the highest available place.
⚬ Prevent damage to your vehicle. Move it under cover, away from areas likely to flood.
⚬ Avoid being swept away. Stay out of fast-flowing creeks and storm drains.
⚬ Never drive, ride or walk through flood water. Flood water can be deceptive and dangerous.

☎️ If your life is at risk, call Triple Zero (000) immediately

🆘 For SES Assistance: 132 500

📻 Listen to your local ABC Radio station
ABC North Coast – 738AM – https://www.abc.net.au/radio/northcoast/live/
ABC Coffs Coast – 92.3FM – https://www.abc.net.au/radio/coffscoast/live/
or on the ABC Listen App, for the latest updates.

ℹ️ More information:

⚬ Bureau of Meteorology Warning: https://bit.ly/2wbgkrB

⚬ NSW SES Information: https://www.ses.nsw.gov.au/

🤷 If you’re not sure what to do before, during or after a severe thunderstorm, visit this website for advice: https://ab.co/2SY5EWK

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Reproduced from the ABC Coffs Coast Facebook site – Wednesday 12 February as a community service. See; https://www.facebook.com/abccoffscoast/

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