After tearing up the main beach at Byron Bay and causing flash floods across northern NSW and southern Queensland, wild weather has now started turning trickling waterfalls into raging torrents, slewing rocks and trees and other debris all over the goddamn place.
Take Sherrard Falls near Dorrigo, which has been posted all over social media after things got so bad that the the overflowing waterfall ended up blocking traffic.
With heavy rain continuing to fall in Northern NSW, motorists travelling on Waterfall Way, Dorrigo, have been left to find an alternate route as Newell Falls overflows onto the road.
— 9News Sydney (@9NewsSyd) December 15, 2020
Around 1,000 households are preparing to evacuate as ongoing rain increases the risk of severe floods.
“Heavy rainfall is forecast to ease for parts of the Northern Rivers during [Tuesday] afternoon, and for the Mid North Coast overnight or early Wednesday morning,” the Bureau of Meteorology said in a severe weather warning.
“However, showers and thunderstorms will persist for the coming days and will continue to bring the risk of flash flooding.”
Bureau of Meteorology forecaster Helen Reid even reckons a bunch of towns “will be putting their names in the [record] books” when it comes to rainfall.
Nimbin has recorded 578 millimetres of rain since Friday, making it the worst-hit place so far.
Heavy rain on the east coast has turned the taps on at Sherrard Falls, on the aptly named Waterfall Way just out of Dorrigo in northern NSW. The traffic isn't flowing, but the views certainly are! pic.twitter.com/JLAWNs4ito
— 10 News First Queensland (@10NewsFirstQLD) December 15, 2020
In case you needed a refresher, here’s what the very same waterfall normally looks like.
Torrential rains and even thunderstorms are forecasted for the coming days, off the back of the already-damaging king tide that’s tearing up the shoreline.
It’s really not great news for people baring the brunt of the wild weather.
Other creeks and waterfalls in the area also overflowed onto roads, including at Tamborine Mountain and Currumbin Creek.
— Bianca Stone (@Bianca_Stone) December 14, 2020
Now that is one BIG rock! pic.twitter.com/Kq3TsNFudJ
— Queensland Police (@QldPolice) December 14, 2020
If you’re in the area, please stay safe.
“Once flood water begins inundating the area, road access, water, sewerage, power, phones, and internet may be lost,” the SES said in an evacuation order.
“If you remain in the area you will be trapped, and it may be too dangerous for SES to rescue you.”