Watery end: Flooding cuts the road to Chillingham after days of warnings.
Watery end: Flooding cuts the road to Chillingham after days of warnings. Blainey Woodham

Tweed residents stranded by floods

FLOODING west of Murwillumbah left Chillingham and Eungella residents stranded yesterday after 94mm fell on the area in 24 hours.

Roads were closed across the Tweed Shire as the wet weather continued to plague the east coast yesterday.

Numinbah Road was closed from 9am as fast- flowing water smashed through low-lying paddocks.

Chillingham’s Sandi Martin feared her husband could be one of many Chillingham residents unable to return to their home that evening.

“My husband got out for work this morning but I doubt he’ll get back through,” she said.

“It’s been raining all day and all last night.”

Properties at Eungella were also left isolated yesterday as a low causeway was turned into a full-force river.

Tyalgum resident Bruce Bartrim was relieved to report the Tyalgum township had not yet been cut off.

“Perkins Bridge was under this morning, but that has since gone down,” Mr Bartrim said.

“It’s been showering this morning on and off but luckily it hasn’t been enough to isolate the town or cause any damage.

“If we get an hour or two of heavy downpour things will be different.”

A Tweed Shire Council spokesperson said as of yesterday afternoon road closures were in effect at Numinbah Road, Byrrill Creek Road, Chowan Creek Road, Mt Warning Road, Nobby’s Creek Road, Round Mountain Road, Rowlands Creek Road and Wooyung Road.

Further south, the Kyogle Caravan Park was evacuated on Monday; however no further evacuations have occurred in the Tweed area.

Residents are strongly advised to avoid driving or walking through floodwaters and to listen to local radio broadcasts closely for weather updates.

Farmers should move equipment and livestock to higher ground and monitor any water on their properties. If you need help call the SES on 132 500.



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