Second death reported in northern NSW floods as high tide comes in

A second woman has been confirmed to have lost her life in flooding in northern New South Wales.

NSW Police confirmed the tragic death in a statement, revealing his body was found in a South Lismore residence.

The first flood-related death in New South Wales was reported on Tuesday, when a woman in her 80s was found on Ewing Street around 10.20am.

This is the city of Balina have been given an evacuation warning as the streams are peaking due to the onset of high tide.

In Ballina, the banks of the Richmond River have now opened up, leaving many homes and residents stranded or caught in flooding.

The Illawarra Highway has closed at both ends, according to NSW Road Services.

Fears flood damage could reach parts of Sydney and the NSW south coast, which are bracing for a day of very wet weather.

The Warragamba dam is the main water supply for the big city and reached its maximum capacity overnight.

The Warragamba dam has started to overflow, as Sydney and the NSW south coast brace for a day of severe weather.

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