Residents in northern NSW warned to brace for heavy rain, flash flooding

RESIDENTS in parts of northeast NSW will spend Mother’s Day bracing for flooding rains as a low-pressure trough strengthens off the coast.

A severe weather warning is in place for parts of the Northern Rivers and Mid North Coast forecast districts.

The Bureau of Meteorology warns 100 to 200mm of rain is likely to fall in some areas and may lead to flash flooding across the warning zone on Sunday afternoon and evening.


“A low-pressure trough off the northern coast is forecast to deepen on Sunday in response to an approaching upper-level system,” the bureau said in its warning.

“A small low-pressure centre is expected to develop within this trough later on Sunday, with rain increasing, and possible embedded thunderstorms, across parts of the region.”

Locations which may be affected include Grafton, Coffs Harbour, Yamba, Maclean, Woolgoolga, Sawtell, Urunga, Bellingen, Dorrigo, Glenreagh, Nambucca Heads and Macksville.

The rain is expected to ease on Monday as the low moves rapidly out to sea.

Stay up to date with the latest forecasts and warnings by visiting the weather bureau’s website.

The State Emergency Service advises that people should:

  • Don’t drive, ride or walk through flood water.
  • Keep clear of creeks and storm drains.
  • If you are trapped by flash flooding, seek refuge in the highest available place and ring 000 if you need rescue.
  • For emergency help in floods and storms, ring your local SES Unit on 132 500.