A car drives through flood waters past an isolated Chinderah Tavern in the January 2013 flood.
A car drives through flood waters past an isolated Chinderah Tavern in the January 2013 flood. John Gass

SES warns of moderate flooding at Mur’bah, Chinderah

MINOR to moderate flooding is expected at Murwillumbah and Chinderah today, as heavy rainfall continues to fall in some areas.

In the latest warning issued by the NSW State Emergency Services at 8am today, Richmond Tweed SES spokes incident controller Andrew McPhee said up to 190mm of rain had fallen in the 12 hours to 7am (June 4), with further heavy rainfall forecast for the remainder of the day.

"This rain and forecast rain is expected to cause minor to moderate flooding at Murwillumbah and Chinderah today," Mr McPhee said.

"At this stage it is not possible to predict the flood peak because of uncertainty over how much more rain will fall."

The Bureau of Meteorology is predicting the Tweed River will exceed the minor flood level of 3.0 metres at Murwillumbah around midday today, with forecast rainfall expected to cause the river to reach moderate flood levels of 4.0m by around 4pm today, with further rises possible.

At Chinderah, where many residents reside in riverfront caravan parks, minor flood levels (1.3m) are expected to be reached around 7pm tonight.

This is expected to rise to 1.6m by 9pm with further rain forecast, coupled with predicted high tides.

Moderate flooding is expected around Murwillumbah, Condong, Tumbulgum and Chinderah.

River heights at around 7.15am this morning:

Latest River Heights: Location

Height of River

Date/Time of Observation

Tweed River at Uki

3.54m rising

07:17 AM SAT 04/06/16

Oxley R at Eungella

2.32m rising

07:16 AM SAT 04/06/16

Tweed R at Murwillumbah

0.79m rising

07:17 AM SAT 04/06/16

 

Residents are urged to call 000 (Triple Zero) only for life threatening emergencies.

* For more information on the weather visit www.bom.gov.au

* For road closures visit myroadinfo.com.au or call 132 701 for Main Roads.

 

 

The Tweed Coast SES has issued a warning urging residents to prepare for flooding over the weekend.
The Tweed Coast SES has issued a warning urging residents to prepare for flooding over the weekend. Contributed

 

SES ADVICE:

The NSW SES advises people to:

* move your car under cover or away from trees

* Secure or put away loose items around the house, yard and balcony

* Keep clear of fallen power lines

* Unplug computers and appliances

* Stay indoors away from windows, keep children and pets indoors.

* Never drive, ride or walk in floodwater!

For emergency help in floods and storms, calls 132 500



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