DANGER: Access to Iluka Rd has been cut off to locals from the Shark Bay entrance.
DANGER: Access to Iluka Rd has been cut off to locals from the Shark Bay entrance. Peter Johnson

UPDATE: Iluka Rd re-opened, caution advised

UPDATE, 11.15AM WEDNESDAY: ILUKA is back open for business, with access now available on the only road in and out of the town.

The Iluka Road at Esk River had been closed since yesterday morning.

Delays are expected and motorists are advised to use caution.

The road is subject to closure again if water heights rise.

UPDATE, 9AM TUESDAY: THE coastal town of Iluka could be cut off for up to two days, according to the Clarence Valley Council.

A spokesman said road engineers have indicated the Iluka Rd will likely be closed for the next 24 hours, but it could be up to 48 hours, pending further rain events.

Residents who need to get back are advised to use the passenger ferry service from Yamba.

Clarence River Ferries will depart from the end of River St, Yamba to Iluka at the following times today: 1.45pm, 3.15pm, 4.45pm.

EARLIER: SOME Iluka residents may be in for a five-day long weekend, with Iluka Rd set to be closed from 8.30am due to flooding.

The Lower Clarence has been inundated with heavy rainfall in the last 72 hours.

Due to the height of the water at the Esk River Bridge, Clarence Valley Council is now preparing to close the road.

The latest Bureau of Meteorology warning, issued a 4.38am this morning, said heavy rain and thunderstorms which may lead to flash flooding were forecast to affect the Northern Rivers and northern parts of the Mid North Coast today and early Wednesday.

"Rainfall totals in excess of 200mm have fallen in the last 72 hours to 4am today over these districts. Up to 100-150mm further may fall in parts of the Northern Rivers district over the next two days."

"Locations which may be affected include Lismore, Grafton, Coffs Harbour, Byron Bay, Ballina, Casino, Kyogle, Yamba, Maclean, Woolgoolga, Sawtell and Dorrigo."

The State Emergency Service advises that people should:

  • Don't drive, ride or walk through flood water.
  • Keep clear of creeks and storm drains.
  • If you are trapped by flash flooding, seek refuge in the highest available place and ring 000 if you need rescue.

For emergency help in floods and storms, ring your local SES Unit on 132 500.

The next Severe Weather Warning will be issued by 11am.

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