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Severe Weather Warning- take care and plan ahead

Byron Shire Council Director of Infrastructure Services Phil Holloway is urging residents and motorists to take care and plan ahead as severe weather hits the Shire.

A number of road closures are now in place, and MyRoadInfo.com.au is the best source of information for the latest updates on impacted roads.

“With the Bureau warning of heavy rainfall and damaging winds across the Northern Rivers over the next two days, it is possible there will be road damage, including the formation of potholes, fallen trees and other debris blocking roads.

“Please beware that the condition of unsealed gravel roads may change very quickly.” Mr Holloway said.

Council has opened Federal Drive through the road works zone to traffic, to provide a thoroughfare for those who may be blocked at Repentance Creek Rd and Goonengerry Rd.

Booyong Bridge on Booyong Road at Wilsons River, east of Steward Lane was closed yesterday afternoon, as a result of recent wet weather damage.

It remains closed due to safety concerns and will be reviewed at the end of this wet weather event.

“I would urge the public to contact council to advise of any unsafe conditions they come across in their travels.

“Do not under any circumstances drive through floodwaters.

“Please plan your journey, by checking the latest road information before you leave home.” Mr Holloway said.

Byron Shire Council staff will continue to monitor the roads, coastline and waterways and erect signage and barricades where needed.

The SES are now taking calls for sandbagging assistance across the Shire, and can be contacted on 132 500.

Keep up to date with weather warnings from the Bureau of Meteorology at http://www.bom.gov.au/nsw/warnings/.

For local emergency updates listen to ABC Radio.

To find out if the beaches are open or closed, visit www.beachsafe.org.au.

If you need help during a wet weather event, please call the NSW SES on 132 500.

For life threatening emergencies call triple zero 000.

Fallen trees and road damage can be reported to Council during weekdays 8.30am to 4pm on 6685 9300. On weekends and after hours, phone 6622 7022.

Media contact:

Media Communication Officer
Byron Shire Council
Ph: 02 6626 7320

Byron Shire is located at Australia's eastern-most point with a population of almost 29,000. It is a thriving community where residents and visitors live, work and play in a sustainable environment and where Council strives to deliver the highest standard of local government services and infrastructure.