MP for Ballina, Tamara Smith has been receiving regular updates on the flooding situation in the Ballina and Byron Shire areas.
"I've been in close communications with SES Area Commander Kaylene Jones and I've spoken to our Ballina SES Controller Gerry Burnage and Byron SES Controller Mike Davison-Long for local updates. Yesterday I was in contact with the NSW Premier who visited Tweed and Lismore, which have been majorly affected. I am expecting to be given a briefing by the Minister for Emergency Services Troy Grant tomorrow."
"The Byron SES alone have done 200 rescues since Thursday and out of town support from the Blue Mountains SES and Campbeltown SES have made a huge difference to our on ground support - thank you so much to those volunteers who have come such a long way to help."
"The evacuation centre at Ocean Shores has had about 40 people there over the last few days. Residents at Billinudgel, New Brighton, lower lying areas of Ocean Shores, and nearby areas have experienced flooding."
Byron Shire Council has the following local flood help page for residents and they are providing extra rubbish collection services.
"The Ballina SES have had volunteers from Snowy River, Southern Highlands and the Hunter SESs. They wish to thank Ballina Shire Council staff, the Rural Fire Service staff, the Salvation Army, Red Cross and the Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) for their help and to particularly thank the residents of Cabbage Tree Island for their co-operation during their evacuation on Saturday."