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Rain and winds continues as initial damage reports come in

The rising Wilson River in Lismore this morning.
The rising Wilson River in Lismore this morning.

THE TWEED Heads region of the Northern Rivers has copped the wrath of ex-tropical cyclone Oswald as it passes across the North Coast.

Richmond Tweed region SES media officer Libby Spash said since the storm hit the region on Saturday the SES had received 326 requests for assistance, with more than 10 people trapped in floodwater.

Ms Spash said so far eight flood rescues had been undertaken with the most calls for assistance coming from the Murwillumbah area.

These have been in the far north east of the state at Dungay, Dunbible and Tygalgah (all near Murwillumbah) Drake, Tumbulgum, and Murwillumbah.

"There a quite a few requests for assistance around Murwillumbah at the moment SES crews are responding to a person trapped in a car in flood waters at Tumbulgum, then another person who was trapped in their car by flood waters had to walk out," she said.

"At the moment we have a flood rescue unfolding where there are four people trapped in a house by rising floodwaters at Tygalgah.

"Their house has been surrounded by flood water and its fast flowing."Ms Spash said as people wake on this morning reports of storm damage and flooding keep being received by the SES.

"The Alstonville Wollongbar area has a lot of storm damage at the moment that our Ballina crews are responding to.

"People are starting to wake up and discover what has happened overnight."

Tweed Byron Local Area Command duty officer Inspector Greg Jago said the Tweed Valley Way between Tweed Heads and Murwillumbah is cut by floodwaters.

"Due to the high winds there are numerous trees that have fallen over or have been blown over which are causing disruptions to both the highway and local roads," he said.

"We have some trees down which are partially closing the highway that are being attended to by crews at the moment in the Ewingsdale Brunswick Heads area."

In the Lismore region Bangalow Rd at Lagoon Grass is under water cutting the link from Lismore to the Pacific Highway.

The SES and police are advising people not to drive ride or walk in floodwaters,  to take extreme caution on the roads and to postpone any unnecessary travel.

To keep up to date with the current conditions from the SES go to the NSW SES Richmond Tweed Region on Facebook.


Topics:  ex-tropical cyclone oswald


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