Holidaymaker Peter Dodson was happy to stay put in his two-storey lodgings at Fingal.
Holidaymaker Peter Dodson was happy to stay put in his two-storey lodgings at Fingal. Crystal Spencer

Rain and floods force evacuations

FINGAL residents had the difficult task of deciding whether to pack up and leave or just stay put last night.

SES volunteers began combing the streets just before 7pm, telling residents they had about six hours to evacuate.

One of the first homes they visited was that of Fingal mum Maiyun and her kids Kuwani, 15, Majye, 9, and Tiah, 4.

“We're trying not to panic,” Maiyun said.

“We got home and saw the flashing lights of the truck in the street.

“Then we saw they were talking to the neighbours, so we just came inside. Then I just heard this big bang on the door and thought 'Who's that?'

“They said 1.6 metres of water was coming through here and we needed to evacuate."

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Little Tiah was frightened, but made sure she packed her shoes and teddy bears as the family prepared to leave. Mayje had all his bags packed before the rest of his family had even considered what they would bring.

“We are trying to move everything up high,” Maiyun said.

“We're packing clothes for three days, important documents and valuables - anything we can carry and fit in the car.

“We're taking bedding.”

The family has lived in their home for 14 years and has had to evacuate before.

“We had to evacuate once when fire came through here and I was heavily pregnant at the time,” Maiyun said.

Holidaymaker Peter Dodson, on the other hand, was not fazed about getting caught in the floods.

Staying in a two storey home, he was predicting that he'd be alright.

“We've got upstairs and we've got plenty of food,” Mr Dodson said. “I'll take precautions and shut the power off to the whole house if I need to, but I wouldn't mind being stuck here for a couple of days.”

Who to call
  • In an emergency, dial 000.
  • Contact the State Emergency Services on 132 500 for emergency assistance and for flooding information visit www.ses.nsw.gov.au.
  • Visit www.bom.gov.au to monitor the weather and check warnings.
  • Country Energy: 13 20 80.
  • Tweed Shire Council: 1300 292 872 or 1800 818 326 after hours.


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