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Flood water brings parts of Tweed to a halt on day two

A truck drivers tries his luck in Murwillumbah.
A truck drivers tries his luck in Murwillumbah. John Gass

WHILE some Tweed residents were still coping with the flood, others were doing their best to clean up the mess.

Around the shire this morning power lines were being repaired, flood levels were dropping slowly and motorists were attempting some risky drives through deep flood water.

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Roads to Chinderah, Fingal, Kingscliff and Murwillumbah from Tweed Heads were cut off to all but the largest vehicles.

This didn't stop cars from trying however, with many barging their way through relatively deep water.

Banora resident Ron Coulthard was one of the motorists attempting to cross when his van broke down in water off the Pacific Hwy Chinderah exit.

Thanks to other helpful motorists Mr Coulthard was pushed to the side of the road, where he was attempting to start his van to return home.

"I'll give it a red hot go," Mr Coulthard said as he attempted to restart the van.

"I thought I'd be ok, I gave it a good squirt of WD-40.

"But these things happen. What can you do?"

A police spokesperson said that vehicles driving through flood water in the area were "low priority" as the Pacific Hwy began to flood near Chinderah BP.

Brims Building Supplies groundskeeper David Millar was removing a downed tree that landed on a fence at the premises this morning.

Mr Millar planted the sapling 15 years ago and was surprised the wind was strong enough to rip the roots from the ground.

"How would we go if it was a fair dinkum cyclone," he said.

"The canopy acts as a sail and when the roots get soggy it just goes."

Meanwhile, South of Chinderah at Nunderi many people were attempting to cross deep floodwater to reach Murwillumbah.

Youngster Maddie Scholes was spotted emerging from the water with an injured Bandicoot which she found swimming to dry land.

Maddie was happy she rescued the furry critter from peril and said she was going to take him to the RSPCA as soon as she could.

Topics:  flooding



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