The Bureau of Meteorology has issued an initial flood watch for the Wilsons and Richmond rivers from Friday.
A flood watch provides early advice of possible flooding within the specified catchments.
A coastal trough is bringing persistent showers across the north east coast of New South Wales from Wednesday. This may cause minor flooding along the Richmond and Wilsons Rivers from Friday.
River level rises have been observed from recent moderate rainfall in the Northern Rivers. Further showers are likely to result in renewed rises.
The Bureau is continuing to monitor the situation and will issue further catchment specific warnings if and when required.
Catchments are wet following recent rainfall
The weather system is expected to cause flooding for the catchments listed from Friday. Flood Classes (minor, moderate, major) are only defined for catchments where the Bureau provides a flood warning service.
For the latest flood and weather warnings see www.bom.gov.au/nsw/warnings/
For the latest rainfall and weather forecasts see www.bom.gov.au/australia/meteye/
For the latest rainfall and river level information see www.bom.gov.au/nsw/flood
This Flood Watch means that people living or working along rivers and streams must monitor the latest weather forecasts and warnings and be ready to move to higher ground should flooding develop.
Flood Warnings will be issued if Minor Flood Level is expected to be exceeded at key sites along the main rivers for which the Bureau of Meteorology provides a flood warning service.
Severe Weather Warnings will be issued or updated if very heavy rain is forecast or observed.
For more information on the Flood Watch Service: http://www.bom.gov.au/water/floods/floodWarningServices.shtml
FloodSafe advice is available at www.ses.nsw.gov.au
For emergency assistance call the SES on telephone number 132 500
For life threatening emergencies, call 000 immediately
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