Fire services riding through flood waters at Tweed Heads.
Fire services riding through flood waters at Tweed Heads. Alina Rylko

Mop up begins but flood warning still stands

RESIDENTS will begin the big mop up this morning as a renewed flood watch is issued for the Tweed River despite flash flooding and heavy rainfall easing overnight.

NSW State Emergency Services Richmond Tweed incident controller Bernard Kates issued a fresh warning at 04.45am today of moderate flooding continuing today.

Emergency services worked into the early hours of this morning as hundreds of cars were stranded across Tweed Heads, Banora Point, Fingal, Chinderah, Tumbulgum, Murwillumbah and down to Pottsville as motorists attempted to drive through flooded roads.

The SES reported there were 463 requests for assistance across the Richmond Tweed region overnight, including 58 flood rescues.

These are included in a total of 2965 requests made across NSW, with the coastal low and heavy rainfall moving southwards along the coast today.

Motorists stuck in flood waters at Tweed Heads. 4 June, 2016
Motorists stuck in flood waters at Tweed Heads. 4 June, 2016 Alina Rylko

Flooding is still occurring in the Northern Rivers area and at other locations.

“The NSW SES Tweed Heads members will be working hard again this morning,” the SES said in its latest online bulletin.

“The NSW SES Richmond Tweed Region staff will be doing what they do best; running the show and coralling all the SES members in the 13 SES Units in our region to serve our community

The Bureau of Meteorology has advised that up to 360 mm of rain fell in the 30 hours to 11pm yesterday. However rain has since eased.

At Chinderah, water levels peaked at 1.8 metres around 9pm on Saturday with moderate flooding and is now falling slowly.

At Murwillumbah, the Tweed River peaked near 3.4 metres around 1:30 am today, with minor flooding and is now falling slowly.

Meanwhile, the SES has issued the “all clear” for Billinudgel, Golden Beach, New Brighton and Ocean Shores with the Brunswick River now receding. This means that it is now safe to return to Billinudgel, Golden Beach, New Brighton and Ocean Shores.

The Tweed Coast SES has issued a warning urging residents to prepare for flooding over the weekend.
The Tweed Coast SES has issued a warning urging residents to prepare for flooding over the weekend. Contributed

The NSW SES recommends residents to stay alert and take 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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