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Life returning to normal after worst flooding in 30 years

Allen Wise from Fingal Rovers surf club checks out the debris and erosion.
Allen Wise from Fingal Rovers surf club checks out the debris and erosion. Blainey Woodham

LIFE is returning to normal around the Tweed after one of the worst floods in decades has hit the region.

Residents in Tumbulgum who have lived in the region for more than 30 years have said it was the worst flood they had seen.

Businesses that had closed because of the floodwater and destructive winds from ex-cyclone Oswald have started to reopen.

The Sheoak Shack at Fingal which was forced to close its doors at about lunchtime on Sunday reopened on Thursday.

Cafe owner Andrea McKay said there was some damage to a shade sail by the winds and it has been removed.

"The flood wasn't an issue for us, it was mainly the strong winds," Ms McKay said.

Fingal Rovers Surf Lifer Saving Club caretaker and club member Allen Wise was inspecting the beach that was battered with gale force winds and a surging swell for most of Sunday and Monday.

"There was sand up underneath the guttering," Mr Wise said while pointing to the second storey of the Fingal surf club roof.

While windy on the coast, it was spared most of the rainfall that broke records at village's further inland.

Communities along the Rous River had the heaviest rainfall for the region with Hopkins Creek receiving 1044mm in the past week and Chillingham received 658mm of rain.

Murwillumbah received 450mm and Tyalgum 342mm in the past week.

The lower falls above Murwillumbah meant the Tweed River failed to rise over the levee.    

Emergency workers and essential service crews were kept busy with fallen trees blocking roads and cutting power lines.

Essential Energy was forced to fly in crews to isolated areas, including to Uki where 200 customers were without power 48 hours after the wild weather struck on Sunday night.

At the height of the storm about 13,000 customers on the Far North Coast were without power.

Topics:  flooding tumbulgum tweed river



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