Catchment rainfall puts river on rise
MINOR flooding throughout the Tweed Shire early yesterday morning has put residents on guard again.
Heavy rain fell in the already waterlogged Tweed catchment on Sunday night and more rain was forecasted for last night and today.
“We're expecting heavy falls at times and the chance of thunderstorms,” a Bureau of Meteorology (BoM) forecaster said.
“Between 70mm and 100mm of rainfall is predicted, which could lead to flooding.”
Floodwaters tempor- arily cut off roads at Limpinwood and Cobaki yesterday and a murky Tweed River was running high in Murwillumbah.
The Oxley River weather station at Eungella recorded 105mm in the 24 hours including Sunday night, followed by Limpinwood and Palmers Road in the high 90s.
Recorded rainfalls were between 70mm and 80mm for Murwillumbah, Tomewin, Kunghur, Tumbulgum and Uki, and Tweed Heads and Coolangatta received an average of 40mm.
The Richmond Tweed SES said the heavy rainfall in the Northern Rivers has caused river and stream levels to rise.
“The SES is closely monitoring the river and stream-level rises and advise that flash flooding and inundation of low-level properties may occur,” an SES bulletin said.
But the good news is today should be the last of the wet weather, the BoM forecaster said.
“There should be scattered showers tomorrow (today), followed by fine weather on Wednesday and fine and mostly sunny on Thursday.”
There is a king tide today with a 2.08m high tide at the Tweed River entrance at 8.43pm.