SES continues mop up around Tweed: Photo Gallery
SES volunteers will work their way through a back log of calls for assistance as the Tweed continues to mop up from yesterday’s deluge.
Tweed Coast SES deputy unit controller Debbie Giblin said crews would continue to head out today to respond to calls for assistance from residents from Tweed Heads down to Pottsville.
“We were very, very busy last night,” Ms Giblin said.
“We got over 150 calls for assistance between 7pm and 12am. Because of the heavy rain and high tide, workers couldn’t get out to everyone straight away.
Around 40 SES volunteers worked through the night to help the hundreds of people stranded in their cars in and around Tweed Heads and Banora Point, where several major intersections, including at Kennedy Drive and Minjungbal Drive were several feet under.
“We were called out to 17 flood rescues around Chinderah, Tweed Heads and Banora Point and Murwillumbah also had some down Tweed Valley Way,” Ms Giblin said.
A further two flood rescues were undertaken near Crystal Creek just west of Murwillumbah yesterday.
The SES reported there were 463 requests for assistance across the Richmond Tweed region overnight, including 58 flood rescues.
These are included in a total of 2965 requests made across NSW, with the coastal low and heavy rainfall moving southwards along the coast today.
Hundreds of cars remain stranded around the area today, unable to drive after being inundated by the flood waters.
Other calls for assistance included water inundation in homes, calls for sandbags as well as fallen trees.
SES volunteers Brett Handley and Grant “Jack” Frost, were on their way this morning to help fix several leaking roofs and remove fallen trees.
“Don’t drive in flood waters,” Mr Frost said.
“If nothing else, it sucks a whole bunch of resources away from doing other things.”
A moderate flood watch continues for the Tweed River today, with a fresh warning issued at 4.45am.
The Bureau of Meteorology advised up to 360 mm of rain fell in the 30 hours to 11pm yesterday. However rain has since eased.
At Chinderah, water levels peaked at 1.8 metres around 9pm overnight with moderate flooding and is now falling slowly.
At Murwillumbah, the Tweed River peaked near 3.4 metres around 1:30 am today, with minor flooding and is now falling slowly.
Evacuation warnings for Fingal, Chinderah, Tweed Heads, Tumbulgum and South Murwillumbah have all been lifted.
The SES focus is now turned to the south, where evacuations are taking place at Lismore and further south as the low pressure system continues tracking down the coast.
Never drive ride or walk through floodwater.
For emergency help in floods and storms, call the NSW SES on 132 500.
- NSW SES website: www.ses.nsw.gov.au
- FloodSafe website: www.floodsafe.com.au
- Bureau of Meteorology weather forecasts and flood predictions including river height information are available at www.bom.gov.au
- Road information, for local roads contact Council or log onto http://myroadinfo.com.au
- Road information on State Government managed roads go to the Live Traffic NSW website at http://livetraffic.rta.nsw.gov.au