Prepare for flood
By LUIS FELIU
THE Tweed is braced for more flash flooding today after some of the heaviest rainfall to hit the shire this summer left the area awash yesterday.
Creeks, dams, tanks and waterways overflowed and rural roads were closed as more than 140mm of rain tumbled down in some parts of the region.
With more heavy falls expected today by the weather bureau, residents, particularly in low-lying areas, have been warned to be prepared to move to higher ground.
Police reported only a few minor accidents while Tweed State Emergency Service (SES) volunteer efforts were restricted to incidents such as blocked drains, flooded driveways and garages in the South Tweed Heads area.
Late yesterday afternoon, roads were closed by rising waters at Clothiers Creek Road east of Condong, Pottsville Road near Mooball and Wooyung Road in the far south of the shire were cut while the Tweed Valley Way was reduced to one lane.
Areas of Banora Point including drains and playgrounds and around the South Tweed industrial area were inundated with water but no homes were threatened, though many yards were flooded.
Flash flooding however hit the Brunswick River Valley south of Tweed.
The rain started around 7pm on Wednesday night and continued throughout the night, becoming heavier after midnight. In the Tweed Valley in the 24 hours to 3pm yesterday, 144 millimetres of rainfall was recorded at Bilambil Heights, 129mm at Cabarita, 102mm at Tweed Heads, 79mm at Kingscliff, 41mm at Chillingham while Murwillumbah only received 31.6mm.
But the heavy rain lashed neighbouring Byron and Lismore shires much harder than the Tweed forcing preparations for evacuations.
The Pacific Highway north of Ballina was cut last night forcing many vehicles including trucks to use the coast road past Lennox Head.
A number of small communities in the neighbouring Byron and Lismore shires were isolated by floodwaters and the falls prompted minor flood warnings to be issued.