Vanessa Scott-White captured this image of Kielvale, near South Murwillumbah, as flooding continues in the area.
Vanessa Scott-White captured this image of Kielvale, near South Murwillumbah, as flooding continues in the area. Contributed

ROLLING COVERAGE DAY 3: Flood warnings continue

UPDATE 2.35pm: TWEED Shire Council has confirmed damage caused by the floods to its services may not be able to be repaired for a few days.

Tweed Shire Council's general manager Troy Green told the Tweed Daily News council is doing everything it can to get water and sewerage stations and roads operational as soon as possible. 

"We're trying to liaise with our state counterparts and emergency services as our priority is water and sewerage and we're trying to make our roads passable and safe," Mr Green said.

"We've got teams working on our roads but it may take some days before our services are fully operational."

Mr Green said council staff and emergency services were working as hard as possible to make sure the community is safe.

"Council staff are out there and have been working through the night and over the weekend to restore the area and as many essential services as possible," he said.

"We're feeling for the large number of local businesses and people who have lost their housing through this event. It's very devastating and our hearts go out to them."

Mayor Katie Milne told the Tweed Daily News Uki residents were still unable to access safe drinking water following damages to the water treatment plant.

"Uki is still without water but Mt Warning water has supplied bottles of spring water which can be collected from the Uki pub," she said.

Cr Milne said it was important people refrained from using water if possible as the shire is facing limited resources because of the damage caused to the water treatment plant.

"We're asking residents not to hose down their driveways at this stage as every drop is precious," she said. 

Essential Energy's North Coast community relations manager Rachel Hussell said 3800 customers remain without power across the Northern Rivers.

"Essential Energy hopes to have power restored to a number of customers by late today, with access becoming available for the first time in many locations," she said.

"This includes Uki and areas south west of Uki, Goonengerry, Main Arm, parts of Upper Wilson's Creek, sections of Burringbar, Mooball and Mt Nardi."

Emergency services have confirmed evacuation orders remain for the Seagulls estate as residents are urged to remain where they are due to flood waters.

Minor flooding continues to occur at Murwillumbah and moderate flooding is occurring at Chinderah. 

The Tweed River at Murwillumbah is currently at around 3.30m and falling, while the Barneys Point Bridge gauge at Chinderah is currently at 1.91m and falling.

 

UPDATE 9.10am: EMERGENCY services have confirmed both directions of the Pacific Highway remain closed as flooding continues.

Following Lismore MP Thomas George's announcement the northbound lanes at Chinderah were open, the ABC North Coast has announced police were allowing vehicles trapped in flood waters to drive through but have now closed the northbound lanes to all traffic. 

This follows the announcement all southbound lanes at Barneys Point Bridge at Chinderah remain closed. 

UPDATE 8.45am: THE Pacific Highway southbound at Chinderah remain closed this morning as flood waters continue to cause damage.

Traffic alerts confirm the Pacific Highway and Tugun bypass tunne remain closed southbound due to flooding at Chinderah.

 

A motorist captured this photo of the Pacific Hwy at Chinderah and Kingscliff exits this morning.
A motorist captured this photo of the Pacific Hwy at Chinderah and Kingscliff exits this morning.

 

There is no access to the Gold Coast Airport or New South Wales for motorists from Queensland.

Lismore MP Thomas George spoke to ABC North Coast and said police have confirmed the northbound lanes at Chinderah remain open but it might take several hours before southbound lanes open. 

 

 

 

UPDATE 8.30am: AS THE Tweed continues to manage the damage caused by excessive flooding, road closures are still in place in some areas. 

The following road closures have been issued by myroadinfo.com.au:

  • Bilambil Rd closed due to flooding
  • Byrill Creek Rd closed to all traffic after the bridge over the Tweed River was damaged during flooding.
  • Chinderah Bay Dr closed due to flooding
  • Chinderah Rd closed due to flooding at the roundabout
  • Clothiers Creek Rd closed due to flooding
  • Cobaki Rd closed due to flooding
  • Crabbes Creek Rd closed due to flooding at Culverts
  • Kyogle Rd and Smiths Creek Rd closed due to flooding
  • Kyogle Rd Bray Park closed due to flooding
  • Limpinwood Rd closed due to flooding
  • Mooball-Pottsville Rd closed due to flooding at Quinns Bridge
  • North Arm Rd closed between the Wollumbin High School and Numinbah North Arm Rd intersection
  • Numinbah Rd at Nobby's Creek closed due to flooding
  • Palmvale Rd in Palmvale is closed due to flooding
  • Piggabeen Rd at Cobaki Village is closed due to flooding
  • River St in Chinderah is closed due to flooding
  • Riverside Dr iin Tumbulgum is closed due to flooding
  • Stokers Rd north of the school is closed due to flooding
  • Terranora Rd at North Tumbulgum is closed due to flooding
  • Tumbulgum Rd in Murwillumbah is closed due to flooding
  • Tweed Valley Way at South Murwillumbah is closed due to flooding
  • Tweed Valley Way is closed from Condong to Pacific Highway at Chiinderah
  • Tweed Valley Way at Mooball is closed due to flooding
  • Tweed Valley Way and Clothiers Creek intersection is closed due to flooding
  • Tyalgum Rd closed due to flooding
  • Tyalgum Rd at Rocky Cutting is closed due to flooding
  • Tyalgum and Kyogle Rd intersection is closed due to flooding 1km from intersection
  • Wommin Bay Rd closed at Sand St intersection due to flooding

Drivers are urged to take caution if driving along the following roads:

  • Alma St reported to have traffic, caution is advised
  • Kennedy Dr from Ducat to Gray St due to flooding
  • Kyogle Rd near Shire boundary following a landslip and fallen tree. One lane is open, proceed with caution
  • Spring Valley Rd culvert has collapsed near the end of the road. A temporary bypass bridge is in place with a 5 tonne weight limit

 

EARLIER 7am: TWEED residents in low lying areas are being urged to prepare for possible isolation with further flooding expected throughout the shire today.

 

While the Bureau of Meteorology has cancelled a severe weather warning this morning at 4.11am, New South Wales SES Richmond Tweed region incident controller for the Northern Rivers, David Monk said residents can expect minor to moderate flooding in some areas.

"Minor flooding is occurring along the Tweed River at Murwillumbah and moderate flooding is occurring at Chinderah." Mr Monk said.

"Moderate flooding is occurring on the Tweed River at Chinderah where river levels are expected to oscillate between minor and moderate flood levels with the tides during Saturday."

The SES flood warning issued earlier today said the Tweed River at Murwillumbah is currently at around 3.30 metres and falling.

While, the Tweed River at Chinderah (Barneys Point) peaked near 2.15m around 1am Saturday and is currently at 1.91m and falling.

River levels are expected to continue falling this morning and possibly peak near 1.70m with moderate flooding early Saturday afternoon with the high tide.

Communities that may be impacted due to this flooding include Banora Point , Tweed Heads, Bilambil, Fingal Head, Kingscliff, Chinderah, Tumbulgum, Murwillumbah, Condong, Upper reaches of Uki and Seagulls.

Dangerous surf conditions are expected to for all coastal activities, including rock fishing, swimming and surfing.

Emergency services are urging people to not drive through flood water.

For emergency help in floods, call the NSW SES on 132 500.



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