Posted by Big Gav
Talk about drought down here will probably quieten down for a few months, with a deluge leaving parts of the state underwater - as yet its made little impact on dam levels though (but if every house had a rainwater tank, that wouldn't matter so much).
Meanwhile, evacuations are under way in Lismore as flood waters threaten to breach 11-metre high levees. Emergency service personnel are warning people in the Lismore CBD, south Lismore and north Lismore to evacuate their homes and businesses as rain continues to bucket down in the Northern Rivers area. About 3000 people are affected by the evacuation, State Emergency Service spokesman, Phil Campbell said. Earlier, the SES said 6000 people were being evacuated. "It's a very big evacuation," Mr Campbell said.
Some residents may be able to move to the second storey of their properties but others were being asked to head to the Southern Cross University evacuation centre, he said. People in the town of Mullumbimby were also being evacuated but numbers were unclear at this stage, he said.