Gray Street, Tweed Heads is submerged. Courtesy: Fee Gahan.
Gray Street, Tweed Heads is submerged. Courtesy: Fee Gahan.

SES warn not to cross submerged roads

THE SES has warned residents to not cross submerged roads and causeways.

Unit coordinator for Murwillumbah SES Chris Chrisostomos said there is water across the flats at Tanglewood, north of Wooyung. Mr Chrisostomos advised residents to take the Express Way to Pottsville to avoid the area.

Mr Chrisostomos said there are flooded causeways in Uki, off Kyogle Rd and in Banora Point there are reports of water over Kennedy Drive. While in Tumbulgum water is lapping the banks of the Riverside Drive.

The Tweed Shire Council has closed Cobaki Rd and Piggabeen Rd, while drivers should exercise 'caution' at Clothiers Creek Rd, Round Mountain Rd, Urliup Rd, Tweed Coast Rd North and Rowlands Creek Rd.

Ducut Street and Gray Street in Tweed Heads are under water, with multiple cars submerged.

Residents in rural areas with cattle have been advised to shift their stock and lift their water pumps.

Campers have been advised to stay aware their surroundings, particularly when camping near creeks and tributaries.

Campers should check the Bureau of Meteorology website and listen to local radio frequently for weather updates and be prepared to relocate if rising water threaten their sites.

"Everything is saturated and if we have another three or four hours of heavy rain upstream then we will have all those river gages rising quickly because we have very narrow valleys," Mr Chrisostomos said.

The Bureau of Meteorology has issued a severe weather warning.

A broad low pressure trough extends from northern Australia into western New South Wales bringing onshore flow to north-east New South Wales.

Moderate to heavy rainfall is falling on saturated ground near the Queensland border. The rainfall is expected to ease this evening and further overnight.

The State Emergency Service advises that people should:

- Don't drive, ride or walk through flood water.
- Keep clear of creeks and storm drains.
- If you are trapped by flash flooding, seek refuge in the highest available place and ring 000 if you need rescue.

For emergency help in floods and storms, ring your local SES Unit on 132 500.

The next warning will be issued by 11:00 pm EDT Friday.

 



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