On guard: Wayne Watson checks the gauges at Bray Park weather station.
On guard: Wayne Watson checks the gauges at Bray Park weather station. Blainey Woodham

High chance of floods in Tweed

TWEED Shire residents can expect nothing but more rain and the occasional thunderstorm until Tuesday.

The Bureau of Meteorology warns possible flooding could occur early next week, with heavy falls predicted for Sunday onwards.

The Northern Rivers region has been on flood watch since Wednesday with 109.8mm falling in Tweed Heads on Thursday, making it the wettest day so far this month.

Weather technician Wayne Watson, at the Bray Park weather station, has been watching the changing patterns closely.

“We have different barometers for measuring air pressure and we regularly monitor high and low temperatures,” he said.

“We also record humidity and dew, watch and predict cloud cover and record rainfall with both digital and analogue gauges.”

“We then pass our findings onto the Bureau (of Meteorology) so they can make forecasts and distribute warnings.”

This year to date there has been more than 15 times the amount of rain that fell by the same time last year.

Tweed Heads has recorded 134.6mm for 2011, with just 7.6mm last year.

Last year a total of 2102.6mm was recorded, with approximately one in three days receiving rainfall.

In December last year alone, 500mm was recorded.

The Bureau of Meteorology Flood Watch means that people living or working along rivers and streams must monitor the latest weather forecasts and warnings and be ready to move to higher ground should flooding develop.

Residents concerned about flooding should listen to the radio for information and monitor the Bureau of Meteorology for further warnings and advice.

If you need help from the State Emergency Services (SES) call 132 500.

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



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