Flooding in New South Wales: Bureau of Meteorology warns Mid-North Coast to prepare for 200mm flooding in six hours

The Bureau of Meteorology has issued a warning of a “dangerous and life-threatening” downpour that will hit the Mid-North Coast in just six hours.

The Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) has issued a warning of a “dangerous and life-threatening” downpour expected to hit the Mid North Coast of New South Wales and the Northern Tablelands tonight.

Small towns including Bellingen, Novendok and Forster can expect rainfall to exceed 200mm in just a few hours, greatly increasing the risk of flooding for low-lying homes.

Severe flooding is expected in Singleton, and Maitland will also be in the line of fire this afternoon. On Tuesday, the Wollomby creek in Bulge reached the nine meter mark, its highest peak in 60 years.

The cities of Coffs Harbour, Port Macquarie, Taree, Kempsey, Sotell and Dorrigo were also put on high alert this afternoon.

Prime Minister Anthony Albanese confirmed that those eligible for $1,000 in compensation payments can access them from 2 p.m. Thursday.

“Recovery payments will start tomorrow at 2:00 pm for 23 local government districts. This will consist of $1,000 for adults… and $400 for each child who is eligible,” Mr. Albanese said.

“Now there are already 100 ADF employees on site. 150 more will be available tomorrow.

“We are expected to take advantage of the fact that Singleton, one of the key areas increasingly affected by this flooding, has facilities and staff available.

“And we will also provide a third helicopter from tonight. This will likely operate from Williamtown Air Force Base at Hunter.”

In recent years, Sydney and the surrounding areas have experienced floods firsthand. But in some places, flooding from the East Coast Downs over the weekend was the worst in decades.

The NSW government has declared the flooding a natural disaster, allowing emergency funding to be made available to people in 23 affected local government areas.

In Windsor, on the northwestern edge of the city, the river rose just above the 13.8-meter mark due to floods in March, resulting in the worst flooding recorded in 44 years.

Sky News Weather meteorologist Rob Sharpe said most of the damage was in the Hawkesbury-Neping river system, which meanders around western and northern Sydney.

“Overall, this is the worst flood for the watershed, as other floods have been particularly severe, but only in one part of the river system,” he said.

“This event is consistently bad across the watershed, and in many areas is now worse than it has been in recent years.”

Moderate flooding also occurs along the Upper Nepean River in Wallace, with minor flooding occurring at Menangle.

Major flooding is also occurring along the Colo River, with the river at Patti Road currently peaking at around 11.20 meters and expected to peak at the same level as the March 2021 flood.

The BOM has advised people in the affected areas to call triple 0 in life threatening emergencies and call the NSW SES if they need help or assistance with evacuation.

with Benedict Brooke

Originally published as Bureau of Meteorology warns Mid North Coast of New South Wales to prepare for 200mm in six hours