Byron Bay’s CBD under water for many hours as destructive flash flooding hits northern NSW

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Byron Bay’s CBD under water for many hours as destructive flash flooding hits northern NSW


Byron Bay’s central business district has been under water for much of the day after what long-term locals say is the worst flash flooding they have ever seen.

Widespread heavy rainfall in the already saturated Northern Rivers and Mid North Coast regions prompted several evacuation orders as towns contended with flash flooding and rising rivers.

About 300 millimetres of rain has been recorded in the Byron Bay district in the last 24 hours.

Byron Bay’s CBD has been inundated.(ABC North Coast: Bruce MacKenzie)

Most of it fell overnight in a relentless downpour and there was a metre of water through the CBD.

Floodwaters have receded over the course of the day, but earlier the town’s drainage system was unable to cope with the run-off and dozens of shops were inundated.

A man behind the wheel of his vehicle, smiling.
Dean Prosser says the clean-up will be a “nightmare”.(ABC North Coast: Bruce MacKenzie)

Dean Prosser said he had never seen so much rain during his 50 years in the town.

“The only time we’ve had anything like this was when a cyclone washed the surf club off the blocks, and that was 1973, I believe,” he said.

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Mr Prosser said the clean-up for the Byron Bay shops would be relatively easy compared to the clean-up Lismore faced earlier this month.

Lismore is flooding again as the Wilsons River rises.

“It’s a commercial issue, not a humanity or social issue,” Mr Prosser said.



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