Region saturated, but damage minor

By LUIS FELIU

THE threat of major flooding in the Tweed Heads area eased yesterday as the clean-up began, but further rain periods are forecast for the weekend.

Tweed State Emergency Service (SES) volunteers responded to fewer callouts yesterday, dealing mainly with trees down on some roads and some precautionary sandbagging in yards and homes from Banora Point to Kingscliff.

Tweed SES controller Brian Sheahan said some people had tried to cross flooded roads and their cars were stranded.

One man was helped from his vehicle early yesterday morning on the flooded Clothiers Creek Road.

"It looks like the worst is over, but we'll keep an eye on things," Mr Sheahan said.

Some roads were again closed yesterday and will remain so until further notice.

A Tweed Shire Council spokesman said Clothiers Creek Road, the Pottsville-to-Mooball Road, Round Mountain Road, Wooyung Road and Cadell Road (off Brays Creek Road) were closed at lunchtime yesterday but could be reopened some time today.

Water also temporarily cut off Piggabeen Road, but late yesterday it also was passable.

"We haven't had too many problems, the rain has been fell fairly steady now," the council spokesman said.

"On rural roads, some landslips and downed trees have temporarily closed those, but were reopened when cleared."

At Clarrie Hall Dam at Midginbil yesterday afternoon, water 650 millimetres deep was gushing over the top of the spillway.

In the 48 hours since the torrential rain began late on Wednesday till 3pm yesterday when most of the rain had eased, Bilambil Heights recorded the highest amount of rainfall with a total of 305mm.

Tweed Heads followed with 267mm, Duranbah near the Tweed Coast with 239mm and Cabarita with 214mm.

Other totals for the same period included Kingscliff with 152.2mm and Chillingham 111mm.

The Bureau of Meteorology has forecast scattered showers for today and isolated showers for tomorrow, Monday and Tuesday.



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