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Elliot described the disaster as “absolutely heartbreaking” and said the people of Byron Bay and Ballina “really” needed evacuation centres.

Writing on Facebook, Elliot said he had “all night watched these devastating floods throughout our region”.

He also confirmed that he was trying to fly back from the capital Canberra where he had attended the Australian Parliament.

It comes as a new evacuation order was issued for Lismore last night, after residents from the CBD, Lismore Basin, East Lismore and Girards Hill were told to leave immediately.

The city embankment overflowed at around 9 this morning, with the Bureau of Meteorology warning it could reach 11m in a few hours.

However, the SES warned that even if the embankment was “in danger of” breaking, the sirens would not sound due to a “malfunction”.

They said: “Everyone needs to get out of the CBD immediately.”

In the update, the SES also stated that it was a “very wet and dangerous 24 hours” and many areas experienced heavy to heavy rains as well as flash and river flooding.

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Secretary of State for Emergency Services Steph Cooke told a news conference her “worst fears have come true” because of the flooding.

He said: “Unfortunately overnight, our worst fears have been realized with torrential rainfall over an already saturated landscape, particularly across the Northern Rivers and Mid North Coast regions.

“This is a special reminder and calls on the community to be very, very careful at this time as you move, and we urge you not to move unless you really need to at this time.”

Evacuation

orders have been issued by the NSW SES for residents of Woodburn and Swan Bay, Broadwater, Wardell, Cabbage Tree Island, the Richmond River at Bungawalbyn and low-lying areas of Coraki and New Italy.

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Residents in low-lying parts of the CBD’s Urunga, Bellinger Keys, Newry Island and Yellow Rock have also been ordered to leave their homes to seek safety.

On Twitter, the Former CEO and Principal Lawyer at the Office of the Environmental Defender, Sue Higginson, urged Australians to “wake up please”.

He said: “This is scary. The whole warning system is wrong, we are under water again and destroyed!”

“Experts say we will experience HYBRID CYCLONES more regularly – the climate has changed. Sorry Lismore.”