Bucketing rain soaks Tweed
FLOODED roads, car troubles and ruined crops marked a soaking start to the day yesterday.
But the sun managed to shine its way back into Tweed skies, making it hard to believe the morning began so miserably.
Heavy downpours across Tweed, Banora Point and Kingscliff led to some minor flooding on busy roads during peak-hour traffic.
Ducat Street and Mugga Way at Tweed Heads, as well as Tweed Coast Road, were partly submerged, proving a tricky obstacle for some motorists.
Many southbound drivers on the Pacific Highway also experienced chaos while battling the Tweed Heads South off-ramp after it became covered in water.
Police were contacted about some minor car accidents that resulted from people losing control in the wet, but no one was seriously hurt.
David Grant, a Bureau of Meteorology forecaster, said Tweed's weather was expected to fine up before more showers head our way later this week.
“We did have a trough situated near the south-east Queensland coast which did bring a lot of rainfall to the area,” Mr Grant said. “It has moved off shore now and we'll see a return to fine conditions tomorrow (Wednesday) before some more rain develops on Friday; but it shouldn't be as drastic.”
Mr Grant said up to 100 millimetres of rain had been recorded on the Gold Coast last weekend, but he said Coolangatta had received just 67mm over the 24 hours to 9am yesterday.
Jeff Spash, deputy region controller for Richmond-Tweed SES, said while the SES had been monitoring the rainfall, not enough had fallen to allow the rivers to break their banks. But he said there were some calls for help after residents experienced flash flooding at Banora Point.