SES are expecting heavy showers to swell the Bellinger and Orara rivers on Tuesday.
SES are expecting heavy showers to swell the Bellinger and Orara rivers on Tuesday. Coffs Coast Advocate

SES on flood watch

STATE Emergency Service crews are on flood watch expecting heavy showers to swell the Orara and Bellinger rivers.

The Bureau of Meteorology has issued a warning that a low pressure trough off the NSW north coast is deepening in response to an upper level trough approaching from the west.

Clarence Nambucca SES commanders have been told more scattered showers tending to widespread rain are expected throughout the day.

In the 24 hours to 9am this morning the bureau had recorded 57mm of rain in Dorrigo, 11mm in Coffs Harbour, 24mm in Grafton and 14mm in Woolgoolga.  

Just before 9am, the Bellinger River stood at 1.89m at Thora, 1.14m at Gleniffer and 0.95m in Bellingen. 

The bureau says there's the possibility of further heavy falls on the Mid North Coast and Northern Rivers today. 

"At this stage there is a greater than 70% chance of minor to moderate main river flooding as well as local flash flooding developing in the Bellinger and Orara valley," the bureau said.

"This flood watch means that people living or working along rivers and streams must monitor the latest weather forecasts and warnings and be ready to move to higher ground should flooding develop.

Flood warnings will be issued if minor flood level is expected to be exceeded at key sites along the rivers.

Across NSW, about 75% of flood watches are followed by flooding.

If you need emergency help in floods, contact SES on 132 500.  Information on the weather and flood levels can be obtained from the Bureau of Meteorology website at  Alternatively, you may phone 1300 659 218. The State Emergency Service is monitoring the situation. 

For road information contact your local council or RTA.