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Flood update: Tweed road closures and Live Feed

Emergency Services converge at Fingal Head this afternoon.
Emergency Services converge at Fingal Head this afternoon. John Gass

Roads officially closed include Nobby's Creek Rd, Boat Harbour Rd at North Arm, Stokers Road at the Richards Deviation intersection, Mooball-Pottsville Rd, Numinbah Rd and Tyalgum Rd.

A moderate flood warning remains for the Tweed River, with up to 310mm of rain having fallen in the catchment area in the 24 hours to 2pm today (June 4).

Further forecast rain is expected to cause minor flooding at Murwillumbah and Chinderah today, while the State Emergency Service has issued a warning to Fingal Head residents to be on standby for a possible evacuation.

A decision on the standby is due soon.

Flooding is expected to be exacerbated with a king tide expected to peak around 8pm tonight, combined with heavy winds and 5-7m waves.

The Bureau of Meteorology has predicted river heights for:

Murwillumbah:

  • Exceed minor flood level 3 metres at Murwillumbah around 4pm today.
  • With forecast rain may reach moderate flood level 4 metres around 7pm today.
  • Further rises possible.

Chinderah

  • Exceed minor flood level 1.3 metres around 7pm today.
  • With forecast rainfall and high tide reach 1.7 metres with moderate flooding around 9 pm today.
  • Further rises possible.

This will cause moderate flooding on the Tweed River around Murwillumbah, Condong, Tumbulgum and Chinderah.

At this predicted height there is a high probability that:

Murwillumbah

  • Moderate 4.00 metres - Water begins to approach upon the Greenhills Caravan Park
  • (Note: The park is not inundated at this height).
  • Moderate 4.50 metres - Elevated houses in Mooball Street have water in the lower levels.

Chinderah

  • Moderate 1.75 metres - Many low-lying properties inundated in the Chinderah area.
  • Water enters the lower areas of most caravan parks in the Chinderah area.

 

The NSW SES recommends the following actions:

  • If river levels continue to rise residents in low lying areas that may become isolated, need to consider the impact of potential flood isolation on their work, family & educational commitments.
  • Keep in contact with your neighbours.
  • Farmers on low lying land close to rivers and creeks are urged to monitor livestock, pumps and other equipment.
  • If your property is at risk of inundation, please raise moveable items, such as furniture, as high as possible onto benches or tables, placing electrical items on top.
  • If you are advised by an emergency services officer to evacuate, please do so.
  • Secure outside belongings and before leaving; turn off the power, water and take essential medicines and clothes with you.

Never drive ride or walk through floodwater.

  • For emergency help in floods and storms, call the NSW SES on 132 500.
  • NSW SES website: www.ses.nsw.gov.au FloodSafe website: www.floodsafe.com.au
  • Bureau of Meteorology weather forecasts and flood predictions including river height information are available at www.bom.gov.au
  • Road information, for local roads contact Council or log onto http://myroadinfo.com.au
  • Road information on State Government managed roads go to the Live Traffic NSW website at http://livetraffic.rta.nsw.gov.au


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