A man crosses a water-logges Piggabeen Rd, Tweed Heads West, on Wednesday. The water is now starting to retreat.
A man crosses a water-logges Piggabeen Rd, Tweed Heads West, on Wednesday. The water is now starting to retreat. John Gass /TWE

Roads reopening as deluge stops

THE Tweed shire has been given a welcome reprieve from the heavy rain with severe weather moving south to the mid north coast.

Forecasters no longer believe more heavy rain will hit the Tweed today and the clean-up effort has begun in areas of South Murwillumbah, Condong, Tumbulgum, Chinderah and Fingal Head.

About 3000 residents previously evacuated from those areas have been allowed to return home with the Tweed River falling to a safe level this morning.

Tweed Valley Way remains closed in both directions at Tumbulgum however Kennedy Dr at Tweed Heads has reopened.

Although the Bureau of Meteorology has cancelled a severe weather warning for the Tweed, it is continuing to monitor the situation with showers expected over the next few days.

The mid north coast is now bracing for flash flooding with areas of Bellinger, Dorrigo and Coffs Harbour all recording falls over 100mm in the 24 hours till 9am today.

Two Australian Army black hawk helicopters have been tasked to Lismore to assist the SES with flood relief operations.

The helicopters and crew, normally based at the Australian Army Aviation Training Centre in Oakey, Queensland, were dispatched to the region yesterday afternoon at the request of Emergency Management Australia.

Acting Deputy Commander Joint Operation Commodore Michael Noonan said the two helicopters and crews would provide much needed support to local agencies dealing with the flooding.

"The Black Hawks are equipped with winching systems and have been fitted with long-range fuel tanks for increased tasking endurance," Commodore Noonan said.

"If required, the crew also have their full suite of night vision equipment to allow operations into the evening."

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

 



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