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The clean-up has begun in some NSW flood-affected areas but authorities are warning the danger is not yet over.
Floodwaters have begun to subside in the northern NSW towns of Lismore and Murwillumbah, but communities downstream remain on alert as the torrent pushes southeast.
The deluge following ex-tropical cyclone Debbie has claimed at least two lives in NSW.
The Wilson River (Lismore) peaked to 11.59 metres at 11:12AM on Friday, before dropping to 8.66 metres by 11:08 PM on Saturday. The clean up is well underway and is set to continue for at least the next week.
Lismore flood updates for Monday
Updated: 3 April 2017, 12:00PM
Ballina Road Closures
Updated: 3 April 2017, 11:05AM
North River Bus Lines Cancellations
Updated: 3 April 2017, 9:30AM
Bureau of Meteorology update
Issued at 9:14 am EST on Monday 3 April 2017
Minor flooding continues along the Wilsons River at Lismore.
The Wilsons River at Lismore is currently at 5.26 metres (AHD) and falling with minor flooding.
Moderate flooding is occurring at Coraki, Bungawalbyn and Woodburn.
The Richmond River at Coraki is currently at 5.04 metres and falling with moderate flooding. The Richmond River at Coraki is likely to fall below the moderate flood level (5.00 metres) Monday morning.
The Richmond River at Bungawalbyn is currently at 4.76 metres and falling with moderate flooding.
The Richmond River at Woodburn is currently at 3.87 metres and falling with moderate flooding.
More at BOM.gov.au
Updated: 3 April 2017, 8:40AM
Road Closures and alerts
LISMORE TO BEXHILL: Bangalow Rd has reopened btwn Dawson St & Bexhill Village. Drive with extreme caution in flood affected areas.
— Live Traffic NSW (@LiveTrafficNSW) April 2, 2017
Bruxner Highway – road damage
Bruxner Highway Lismore to Casino open, but slow going due to road damage from the flood…
Updated: 2 April 2017, 3:20PM
Lismore Car Boot Market closed
Updated: 2 April 2017, 11:20AM
Residents angry and frustrated
BREAKING NEWS: Reports in that residents are angry they can’t go back to their homes to assess damage. More to follow…
Updated: 2 April 2017, 10:50AM
Bruxner Highway now open – Lismore to Casino
Updated: 2 April 2017, 10:30AM
7.28 metres and falling
Latest flood level graph for Wilson River Lismore…
Updated: 2 April 2017, 9:15AM
Lismore “like a war zone”
60 businesses still have water in their premises.
“To be honest, it is like a war zone,” according to Mayor Isaac Smith who spoke to the media on Sunday. “There is just so much debris floating around,” he said. “It’s really hard to even assess how long it’s going to take to collect all of this rubbish.”
The State Emergency Service is yet to lift an evacuation order for the town, citing potential safety risks from contaminants and hidden hazards in the water.
“There are a lot of health concerns around what may or may not be in the water,” Mr Smith said.
The Evacuation Order from the NSW SES for Lismore South & North, Lismore CBD, Chinderah, Kingscliff, Fingal Head and Bilambil, was given just before 5pm Thursday…
— NSW SES (@NSWSES) March 30, 2017
Residents have only just begun assessing damage to their homes.
SES commissioner Mark Smethurst again warned people not to enter the waters.
You’ve got carcasses in the water now from livestock. You’ve got sewage in the water now.
It’s not safe to go in there.
We have to go back to 8th March 1890 for the record which was a massive 12.46 metres (although measurement was not as effective as it is today)
At around 8AM Saturday morning this was the sight at the Italian Memorial on Molesworth.
At Lismore Airport fixed wing aircraft had to be moved to higher ground. If the water level had risen any higher they too may have succumbed.
Well what a crazy few days it has been. Lismore flood peaked at 11.6m and unfortunately a lot of people have been effected. While our hangar was flooded we are incredibly lucky that the office managed to stay just above. We send our love to everyone effected and now let the clean up begin. @rotorwinghelicopters @nswrfs @nswses #lismoreflood
And what about the aftermath?
Here is some useful information we found over on the Chamber of Commerce Website. Go there for a more complete list.
Health Information Sheets:
- Download the After Flood Cleanup Advice – Community Information
- Download the Taking Care of Our Health and Wellbeing Following a Natural Disaster Factsheet
- Download the Useful Sources of Mental Health Information Factsheet
- Download the How Are You Going Test
- Download the Mosquito Mitigation brochure
Toolkit for improved Resilience to Natural Disasters
The Resilient Community Organisations toolkit put together by ACOSS (Australian Council of Social Service) provides a 6-step process and benchmarking system to help improve resilience and recovery to future disaster events. There is also a self-evaluation survey available and plenty of templates and resources available to assist businesses and organisations
Taking Care of Health and Wellbeing
- Spend time with family and friends
- Try to get back to a routine
- Continue a healthy lifestyle (eating, sleeping, exercise)
- Take time out but don’t isolate yourself
- Write down your worries and concerns
- Express your feelings in your own time and way
- Accept help when it is offered
- Limit the amount of media coverage you are exposed to
- Don’t expect to have all the answers
- Understand you are not alone in your experience
Professional assistance is recommended when
- The level of distress feels extreme
- The emotional reactions are lasting too long (>4 weeks)
- The distress interferes with the ability to participate in day to day activities
- Withdrawal from usual relationships
- Feeling overwhelming fear for no apparent reason
- Panic symptoms
- Avoiding things that bring back memories to the point that day to day activities cannot be carried out
- Excessive guilt
- Loss of interest in the future
- Thoughts of self harm or suicide
Tips for staying mentally healthy:
- Stay connected to family and friends.
- Eat well; get plenty of sleep and exercise.
- Be careful of excess alcohol intake and avoid other drugs.
- Manage your stress. Make sure you take a break and make time for fun.