Downpours end a year of dryness
BANORA Point Golf Course is no stranger to natural disaster.
In July 2014, The Tweed Daily News reported the 11-hole course had lost two further greens to sink-holes.
Now the popular spot, built on top of a peat swamp, has been flooded.
It copped a whopping 26.5cm of rain last week, putting 60% of the course under murky water.
"Last time I saw that amount of rain was back in the 80s. It will be a massive job to get the course back into working order," groundskeeper Rodger Scott said.
"It will be all hands on deck, with four permanent and two casual staff to fix the mostly cosmetic damage.
The course could be playable again this weekend - unless it rains again, Mr Scott said.
"We're keeping a close eye on the radar just in case."
The recent rain will be welcomed by many, however, as it comes at the end of an exceptionally dry year.
Indeed, it's the driest for the Tweed since 1991, according to local rainfall pundit Wal Smith, who has been taking readings since 1988.
"That year we had 929mm fall," Mr Smith said.
Last year looked liked beating that, until the heavy falls in December.
Overnight last weekend a massive 292mm fell at Kingscliff and 210mm at Tweed Heads, where Mr Smith takes his readings.
That took the total for the year for Tweed Heads to 1066mm, Mr Smith said, adding that the build-up of humidity was aggravated by all the moisture in the ground from the rain, which would lead to further storms.
The weekend's storms made for two "huge days" for the SES, said Tweed Heads unit controller Kristine McDonald, making the night of December 27/28 the service's busiest for 2014.
"We had 35 call-outs on the 28th, starting just before midnight," Ms McDonald said.
The intensity of the rain caused problems for householders and several roads were flooded, including Machinery Dr, Greenway Dr, Kirkwood Rd and Dry Dock Rd - unusual sites for flooding, she said.
"What saved us was that it occurred at low tide. It would have had more impact if the water hadn't been able to get into the river and get away."
- 292mm fell on December 28, 2014
- June 30, 2005 382mm to 9am - the region's wettest day on record
- Further falls of 213mm were recorded from 9am to 12.30pm on the same day