THE swollen Rous River in Murwillumbah snapped yesterday afternoon.
THE swollen Rous River in Murwillumbah snapped yesterday afternoon.

More heavy rainfall expected

ALTHOUGH Murwillumbah’s flood threat had eased yesterday afternoon, the BoM warned heavy falls were predicted for today.

The Bureau of Meteorology closely monitored the situation last night as more rainfall was likely to elevate the area’s flash flooding risk.

A flood warning was current for the Tweed River, at time of printing.

An average of 64mm of rain fell across the Tweed River valley yesterday and the BoM predicted further heavy rain to cause flooding at Murwillumbah later in the day, but this did not eventuate.

Murwillumbah State Emergency Service (SES) volunteer Darren Pearson yesterday afternoon said the crew was optimistic.

“We haven’t had rain for a few hours so I would expect nothing will happen at all,” he said.

“We will just have to wait and see what tonight brings.”

The BoM said a low, within a low pressure trough, was drawing on warm humid air, generating rain across many districts.

The low was expected to weaken later in the week, but the trough was expected to remain, bringing further rain and unsettled conditions to most of north-eastern NSW.

The SES warned against walking, riding or driving through floodwaters.

“Entering floodwater is the major cause of death during floods,” it said on its website.

“Water may be faster flowing and deeper than it appears and contain hidden snags, contaminants and debris.

“Limit all non-essential travel in the warning areas and monitor road conditions through the RTA and your local council.”

Traffic Services Commander John Hartley reminded motorists to drive to the conditions.

“It’s extremely important motorists take extra care and change the way they drive in wet weather, especially on slippery roads and in poor visibility, allowing extra stopping distance,” he said.

Premier Kristina Keneally said the Tweed region would receive help from the state government if the deluge of rain brings floods.

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