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Rainfall has eased in northern New South Wales meaning some evacuation orders could be lifted however the flood crisis is not over yet.

An evacuation order for Lismore CBD, Lismore Basin and low lying areas of East Lismore and Girards Hill has been lifted.

The evacuation order issued for Coraki’s Riverside Caravan Park remains in place, with residents urged to leave by 7pm.

The Wilson River at Lismore is expected to peak this afternoon.
The Wilson River at Lismore is expected to peak this afternoon. (9News)

The evacuation centre is located at the Southern Cross University in Lismore.

Lismore City Council confirmed Wilson River is expected to peak below the major flood level of 9.7 metres this evening.

“The Wilsons River at Lismore (AHD) may peak near 8.40 metres around 08:00 pm Tuesday, with moderate flooding,” Lismore City Council wrote on Facebook.

Today’s floodwaters have remained below the levels experienced last month much to the relief of authorities.

Over the past day, Tweed Heads has 275mm of rain, Kingscliff received 260mm, Murwillumbah received 247mm and 206mm fell in Mullumbimby.

Floodwater surround a house on March 29, 2022 in Lismore, Australia. Evacuation orders have been issued for towns across the NSW Northern Rivers region, with flash flooding expected as heavy rainfall continues. It is the second major flood event for the region this month. (Photo by Dan Peled/Getty Images)
Floodwater surrounds a house in Lismore as evacuation order issued. (Getty)

Warning for Coffs Harbour residents

Coffs Harbour is also in the firing line as flood warnings begin to be implemented due to the heavy rainfall.

A minor flood warning is in place for Coffs Creek.

BoM also said minor flooding is occurring at Grafton St Bridge.

Heavy rainfall has hit Coffs Harbour and minor flood warnings are in place.
Heavy rainfall has hit Coffs Harbour with some roads flooding. (9News)
Heavy rainfall has hit Coffs Harbour and minor flood warnings are in place.
More rain is expected for the area into this evening. (9News)

“The rainfall we saw last night in the Northern rivers is now around the Grafton to Coffs Harbour area,” meteorologist Dean Narramore said.

“A particular concern over the next 12 to 24 hours is the Coffs Harbour area.”

Mr Narramore warned of moderate to major flooding on the Orara River and Bellinger River on the Mid North Coast of NSW.

“We could see six hourly totals of 50 to 150mm with isolated falls in excess of 200mm possible and that is likely to lead to dangerous flash flooding causing life threatening conditions,” he said.

Landslides and debris from the rainfall could also cause road closures in the region.

Flooding is also possible further south in the Hunter and Hawkesbury regions.

Eli Roth clears mud and debris from a drain outside his house in Lismore, NSW.

Lismore residents hit with second major flood in four weeks

‘Treacherous’ conditions in Queensland

Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has expressed her concern over the impact of the floods as the state is inundated by rain.

She said multiple parts of the Gold Coast have seen 200mm of rain getting up to 358mm in Tallebudgera.

Four schools have been forced to close and multiple roads have been deemed “treacherous”.

QFES have conducted more than 14 swiftwater rescues in 24 hours, while SES has more than 240 jobs to work through.
QFES have conducted more than 14 swiftwater rescues in 24 hours, while SES has more than 240 jobs to work through. (QFES)

There have been 14 calls for rescues in the past day while there were hundreds of jobs overnight.

“There were over 240 SES jobs,” Commander of State Operations Cheryl-Lee Fitzgerald said, confirming the “immediate threat” has moved south to NSW.

“We do have a number of crews that are actually going to move south and help our neighbours in Northern Rivers.”

Lismore in ‘hands of the gods’

Lismore Mayor Steve Krieg said the town is “shattered” and dealing with “flood fatigue” as a new evacuation order is in place for the area.

“It just really drains you emotionally and mentally,” Mr Krieg said.

Severe flooding hits Lismore in northern NSW in the worst flood ever recorded on Monday February 28 2022. Photo: Elise Derwin / SMH.
Severe flooding hits Lismore in northern NSW in the worst flood ever recorded on Monday February 28 2022. (Elise Derwin)
Lismore Mayor Steve Krieg said the town is exhausted and drained amid the threat of another flood.
Lismore Mayor Steve Krieg said the town is exhausted and drained amid the threat of another flood. (Today)

“We’re very much in the hands of the gods at the moment.

“If the expected rainfall comes in today our river could rise quite dramatically this afternoon.

“If the rain stays out towards the coast we may dodge a bullet and our river might only get to that moderate level.”

Source: 9News

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