Here’s more from ABC reporter Nick Parmeter:
The Nambucca Valley on the north central coast is on high alert, with parts of the area recorded over 70mm rain since 9 a.m. this morning.
Mayor of Nambucca Shire Council, Rhonda Hobansaid the next 12 to 24 hours are the most critical.
“It’s amazing how fast all our rivers and streams have gone up, we currently have 12 bridges closed.”
The Nambucca River rises to Bowraville, utungun and macksvillewith moderate flooding currently forecast for Bowraville, and minor for Macksville.
Councilor Hoban is currently self-isolated and said the water has risen much faster than normal.
“Normally it would take a week of steady rain before that happened.”
Ms Hoban said there were serious concerns about landslides, with a dry June leaving the ground cracked and crumbly.
“Much of the area is clay based, water will enter these cracks.”
“The weight of this on our road system is likely to cause further landslides – we already have more than we need.”
The region is still reeling from several floods over the past 18 months.
“Were [already] facing multi-million dollar repairs, and we don’t seem to have a break to catch up,” Ms. Hoban said.