Major flooding in Lismore: Friday 2nd February 2001
by Michael Bath including photos by Dave Ellem
Local flooding of a tributary of the Wilsons River at Boatharbour (at the bottom of McLeans Ridges) late afternoon 1st February.
Local flooding near Wyrallah 1st Feb
McLeans Ridges 2/2 looking north to the Wilsons River floodplain
Wilsons River has now taken over the floodplain
The following pictures were taken around the CBD of Lismore from about 4.30pm on the 2nd February as Dave Ellem and I walked around town. The flood basin behind the riverbank was still filling up with water at this stage. Although shops closer to the river were already experiencing the peak of 10.42 metres, in the basin it was several metres lower. It rose 60 cm while we walked around the town! There are some similar images as Dave and I took photos at the same locations.
24 hours to 9am 01/02/2001 NORTHERN RIVERS: Alstonville 134 Ballina 120 Ballina Ap 118 Casino 61 Casino Ap AWS 89 Evans Head AWS 91 Grafton 72 Lismore 94 Mullumbimby 179 Murwillumbah 122 Nimbin 95 Tweed Heads 108 Woodburn 151 Yamba 78 Mcleans Ridges 95 24 hours to 9am 02/02/2001 NORTHERN RIVERS: Alstonville 244 Ballina 206 Ballina Ap 188 Casino 215 Casino Ap AWS 219 Evans Head AWS 100 Grafton 76 Lismore 195 Mullumbimby 349 Murwillumbah 275 Nimbin 174 Tweed Heads 254 Yamba 38 Mcleans Ridges 261
Wilsons River and Richmond River flood warnings:
Weather maps, rainfall figures and warnings from Bureau of Meteorology
For further details of the synoptic situation, refer to Torrential Rain and Severe Winds Batter SE QLD and NE NSW by Ben Quinn.
Updated: 26th October, 2001
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