Tweed Shire on flood alert

THE Tweed Shire remains on flood watch as the wet weather refuses to cease.

Showers and storms have been forecast for today and tomorrow with heavy rain predicted for this afternoon.

Forecasters have warned that because the Tweed Valley catchment area was wet from recent rain, there was a higher than 70 per cent chance that local flooding would develop today and tomorrow.

Low lying areas such as Chillingham were most at risk.

The Bureau of Meteorology issued a strong wind warning for coastal areas between Coolangatta and Byron Bay with winds increasing to 20-30 knots late yesterday afternoon.

Flood watch warnings were also issued for Brunswick, Clarence, Richmond, Wilsons and Bellingen Valley areas with further rain predicted for the whole Northern Rivers region.

People living or working along rivers and streams must monitor weather forecasts and be ready to move to higher ground should conditions worsen.

Farmers should be prepared to move pumps, equipment and livestock to higher ground.

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

If you require emergency assistance as a result of flooding or storms contact the State Emergency Services (SES) on 132 500.

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



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