The mayor of a town inundated by floodwaters has issued an urgent plea for help on behalf of a pregnant woman trapped on the roof of her home.
Authorities have ordered people in the city of Lismore, in the NSW Northern Rivers district, to evacuate after the Wilson River broke its levee overnight.
About 6am on Monday morning Lismore mayor Steve Krieg pleaded for anyone with a boat to go and help a pregnant woman trapped on top of her home.
Lismore residents have been told to evacuate after the Wilson River broke its levee overnight
Residents struggled through floodwater to evacuate pets and loved ones as floodwater rose
‘As widespread flooding in the Northern Rivers district of NSW and can get to Engine Street in South Lismore, there’s a pregnant lady sitting on her roof. HELP please,’ he wrote.
The town’s entire CBD is inundated after days of unrelenting torrential rain and the Bureau of Meteorology says the Wilson River could peak at 13.5 metres on Monday night, meaning the city is facing its worst flooding in nearly 50 years.
‘Flood levels are expected to exceed those seen in 2017 and may reach the 1974 flood level,’ the BoM says.
About 6am on Monday morning Lismore mayor Steve Krieg pleaded for anyone with a boat to go and help a pregnant woman trapped on top of her home
Several Brisbane residents have also been urged to evacuate as the Brisbane River is predicted to peak at four metres on Monday morning
A major flood warning was also issued for the Brisbane region on Sunday night as authorities prepare for the river to peak on Monday.
The BoM has warned severe flooding is likely to come with the high tide and warned residents living along the Brisbane River to prepare for a peak of four metres.
At least seven people have already died in the worst flooding in the state since 2011.
A severe weather warning has been issued for the Northern Rivers and parts of the Mid North Coast and Northern Tablelands.
Residents battled heavy rain while evacuating after the Wilson River broke its levee on Sunday night
At least seven people have already died in the worst flooding the region has seen since 2011
There is flooding across the region, many roads are cut and the State Emergency Service is warning people to heed warnings and avoid entering floodwaters.
The BoM is warning of the potential for life-threatening flash flooding with six-hourly rainfall totals between 80 and 120mm likely, possibly reaching in excess of 150mm.
The Richmond River is causing major flooding at Kyogle, Coraki and Bungawalbyn, moderate flooding at Woodburn, and minor flooding at Wiangaree and Casino.
South Murwillumbah has also been evacuated as roads are cut and the only way out is by boat.
The SES ordered the town of Mullumbimby to evacuate on Monday morning as the area is threatened by rapidly rising floodwaters from the Brunswick River.
Residents and pets were rescued by locals in boats and SES crews in Lismore as authorities advise to evacuate
Fire and Rescue and the State Emergency Service have been door knocking to ensure people evacuate.
Police will resume a search for a man who went missing in floodwaters in Lismore on Sunday.
Officers heard him calling out for help about 4pm but ‘lost sight of the man a short time later’.
SES volunteers had carried out 70 flood rescues since torrential rain began falling on Tuesday, Premier Dominic Perrottet told reporters on Sunday.
‘We know that whilst there might be blue skies in certain parts of NSW that does not mean that there will not be significant flooding events that occur over the course of this week,’ he said.
One NSW life has already been lost, with a man killed when his LandCruiser was carried away by floodwater.