KELLY Magnum could not help but panic when she realised she was separated from her three daughters by raging flood currents.
The mother of four became isolated on her Nobbys Creek property with her 10-year-old son when the river level quickly rose on Wednesday afternoon.
“My two girls didn't make it home from school,” Mrs Magnum said.
“When I couldn't contact them I was a bit frantic.”
Fortunately, the Wollumbin High School students, aged 14 and 15, were able to spend the past two nights at a friend's home near the school.
“I don't imagine they'll be home for a few days.
“My other daughter, who is 12, is at school camp at Tallebudgera.
“Luckily Crystal Creek Public School closed early so my son got home safe.”
Just down the road from Mrs Magnum at Crystal Creek, Murwillumbah SES workers hastily launched two search boats into the flood waters over Numinbah Road yesterday morning.
They were searching for a car that had been seen underwater about 3km along the road but, as of yesterday, local controller for Tweed SES Brian Sheahan said it had not been found.
“They couldn't find the vehicle or the person, if someone was in it.”
Mrs Magnum, whose husband is away working, is now waiting with her son for the water to ease.
“We're pretty isolated but it's not too bad, as long as we don't lose power,” she said.
“I did stock up on supplies, but I misjudged how quickly the river was rising.”
Mrs Magnum predicted she and her neighbours on Nobbys Creek Road would be stuck for a couple of days.
“We're all just sitting here hanging tight.
“There's not much else we can do.
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Mrs Magnum and her husband have lived at Nobbys Creek for 15 years and have seen worse floods.
“We've had a helicopter land in the front yard with supplies once because we were isolated for 10 days.”
Fortunately, Mrs Magnum said, they took the river's flood levels into account when they built their house.