Flood warning issued for Tweed River
A MINOR to moderate flood watch has been issued for the Tweed River as residents are urged to prepare for a wet weekend.
The NSW State Emergency Services has issued a flood warning ahead of a low pressure rain cell expected to bear down on the region on Saturday.
Flood warnings have also been issued for the Richmond, Brunswick and Wilsons rivers.
The low pressure cell is expected to deepen over the northern inland of NSW today, reaching the Tweed Coast by tomorrow.
An East Coast Low is also forecast to develop off the coast near the NSW-Queensland border during Saturday night and into Sunday, before moving southwards during Sunday and Monday.
Heavy rainfall is expected across NSW with king tides adding to the risk of flooding in low lying coastal areas, with damaging winds and surf conditions also predicted.
NSW SES Richmond Tweed Region controller Andrew McPhee said teams were prepared for the event.
"Our SES teams are prepared and on stand-by for the severe weather conditions which are expected to develop over the next two to three days," Mr McPhee said.
"It is essential that the community pays attention to the developing situation and avoids any unnecessary travel."
Anyone camping, caravanning or engaging in activities near rivers is urged to listen to the ABC and local radio for updates and advice.
Farmers are also advised to keep a watch and be prepared to move their livestock to higher ground.
Residents are warned never to drive, ride or walk through floodwaters and to be particularly careful driving in areas with low lying causeways.
An alert issued by the Tweed Coast SES urged residents who experience problems over the weekend to be patient.
"We can't be everywhere," the unit warned on its Facebook page.
"If the weather forecast for this weekend turns out being correct, we at the NSW SES Tweed Coast Unit will likely be very busy.
"We only have so many SES volunteers we can put into the field to assist the community. Our communication centre prioritises jobs; a flood rescue with life at risk takes precedence over a leaking roof.
"So if you call the NSW SES on 132 500 for emergency assistance, please be patient. We will get to you as soon as possible."
Residents are urged to call 000 (Triple Zero) only for life threatening emergencies.
* For more information on the weather visit www.bom.gov.au
* For road closures visit myroadinfo.com.au or call 132 701 for Main Roads.
The NSW SES advises people to:
* move your car under cover or away from trees
* Secure or put away loose items around the house, yard and balcony
* Keep clear of fallen power lines
* Unplug computers and appliances
* Stay indoors away from windows, keep children and pets indoors.
* Never drive, ride or walk in floodwater!
For emergency help in floods and storms, calls 132 500