Rous River at Chillingham. Photo: Nolan Verheij-Full / Tweed Daily News
Rous River at Chillingham. Photo: Nolan Verheij-Full / Tweed Daily News Nolan Verheij-Full

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UPDATE: 2.12pm

TWEED waterways are expected to rise into the night, with heavy rain expected to continue into tomorrow. 

The latest recorded river heights on Friday were as follows: 

  • Tweed River at Uki: 4.34m steady 12.17pm
  • Oxley River at Eungella: 2.37m falling 12.19pm
  • Tweed River at Murwillumbah: 1.38m rising 12.22pm
  • Rous River at Boat Harbour: 3.46m rising 12.25pm
  • Tweed River at Tumbulgum: 1.27m steady 12.01pm
  • Tweed River at Barneys Point: 0.94m falling 12.22pm

UPDATE: 12.48pm

THERE is a tree across the Pacific Mwy near Tweed Heads South, according to Live Traffic NSW. 

It is understood the tree is near Minjungbal Dr. 

Caution is advised. 

Show us the flood through your eyes: send through your flood photos to liana.turner@tweeddailynews.com.au or tweet them using #TweedRain. 

UPDATE: 11.30am

SEVERAL roads around the Tweed are closed due to flooding.

Tweed Shire Council has closed Crabbes Creek Rd, Piggabeen Rd and Rowlands Creek Rd. 

It is understood there is also water over Duroby Creek Rd, whiles some causeways near Tyalgum are flooded. 

Murwillumbah SES controller Chris Chrisostomos said they has been receiving four or five calls for assistance each hour.

Mr Chrisostomos said they had been mainly sandbagging homes and businesses and clearing trees. 

UPDATE: 11am

A SEVERE weather warning has been updated for the Northern Rivers. 

The Bureau of Meteorology said very heavy rain was forecast for the NSW North Coast for the rest of Friday.

Very heavy rain which could lead to flash flooding is still forecast for the entire Northern Rivers. 

The bureau said widespread falls of 100 and 200 mm are likely, while local falls of 300 mm would be possible.

Heavy rain is expected to continue on Saturday.

In the 24 hours to 9am Friday, 120 mm of rain fell in Numinbah, 166 mm at Couchy Creek, 100mm at Boat Harbour and 92 mm at Burringbar. 

The State Emergency Service has reminded people to:

  • Not drive, ride or walk through flood water.
  • Keep clear of creeks and storm drains.
  • If you are trapped by flash flooding, seek refuge in the highest available place and ring 000 if you need rescue.

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

 

UPDATE: 10.50am

ALL beaches on the Southern Gold Coast are closed until further notice. 

While some surfers have been making the most of a huge swell, Lifeguard QLD representatives have urged everyone to avoid the beaches.

"We strongly recommend people to not even go to the beach, let alone go in the water," a spokesman said.

"It's just not worth it."

The spokesman said the beaches would probably remain closed for several days, but would depend on lifeguard assessments of the conditions. 

It's understood some Tweed Coast beaches have also been closed. A NSW Surf Life Saving spokesperson has been contacted for comment. 

 

 

Update: 10.14am

WHILE the Tweed's waterways are rising, there were still no major issues as of about 10am.

Tumbulgum Tavern bistro manager Anne-Maree Lynch said while the Tweed River had risen, it wasn't yet on the grassy banks. 

She said Riverside Dr was still looking good. 

A Chinderah newsagent owner said as the rain hadn't been too heavy, there were no major problems there.

 

Update: 9.40am

A FLOOD warning has been issued for the Tweed River. 

At 9.31am Friday, the Bureau of Meteorology upgraded a "Flood Watch" message to an official flood warning.

The bureau said an average of 78 millimetres of rain fell around the Tweed in 24 hours.

However, the rain intensity increased over the six hours to 9.30, with an average of 50 millimetres falling in this period. 

More heavy rain is forecast for the next 24 hours. 

Moderate to major flooding in the Tweed Valley is possible. 

The Bureau of Meteorology said it was currently impossible to predict the flood peak, due to uncertainty over how much more rain the district would receive. 

Predicted river heights include: 

Murwillumbah:

- Exceed minor flood level (3.0 metres) around 4 pm this afternoon

- with forecast rain reach moderate flood level (4.0 metres) around 8pm

Chinderah:

- peak slightly below minor flood level around 1 pm with this afternoon's high tide

- with forecast rain reach 1.6 metres around 1am Saturday morning on the high tide causing minor flooding

FloodSafe advice is available at www.ses.nsw.gov.au

For emergency assistance call the SES on telephone number 132 500.

For life threatening emergencies, call 000 immediately.

Weather Forecast:
For the latest weather forecast see www.bom.gov.au/nsw/forecasts/

Water over Banora Green on about 8am Friday, February 20.
Water over Banora Green on about 8am Friday, February 20. Liana Turner

Update: 9.15am

ALMOST 100mm of rain has fallen across the Tweed in the last day. 

Tyalgum resident Bruce Bartrim said while the creeks were noticeably higher than usual, the two bridges in the village were not flooded on Friday morning. 

"There's no problems out here at the moment," Mr Bartrim said about 9am. 

Mr Bartrim said Tyalgum had received 70 millimetres of rain overnight. 

In the 24 hours to 9am, Coolangatta received 89.6 millimetres of rain, while Murwillumbah had 90, according to the Bureau of Meteorology. 

Initial report:

NO Tweed roads were flooded as of 8.30am Friday, according to SES. 

Murwillumbah SES controller Chris Chrisostomos said they had received a few calls for assistance around the region.

Mr Chrisostomos said crews had mostly been laying sandbags and tackling fallen trees. 

He said while no roads were yet submerged, any heavier rain throughout the day would pose a threat.

"There are a few small causeways with a bit of water on them," he said.

"If it gets torrential, we will see the waterways starting to rise."

Tweed Heads rain gauge observer Wal Smith said Tweed received 80 millimetres of rain overnight. 

NSW SES members in Tweed have been actively monitoring conditions since 4am. 

On social media, the SES said their crews had responded to 317 jobs since early Thursday. 

Most of these jobs were on the north coast, with 53 in Tweed Heads and 80 in Coffs Harbour. 

50 public schools, and most independent schools, have been closed for Friday. 

View more information on school closures here

For emergency assistance in floods or storms, call NSW SES on 132 500. 

If you or someone you know is in direct danger, call triple-0. 



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