Drivers plough through floodwaters on Tweed Valley Way after ignoring road closed signs.
Drivers plough through floodwaters on Tweed Valley Way after ignoring road closed signs. David Carroll

Wild storm spares Tweed major damage

THE Tweed copped another drenching and wild winds lashed the area but emergency workers have confirmed that the region escaped the latest storm relatively unscathed.

Residents were forced to batten down the hatches on Sunday afternoon as a severe storm dumped more than 100mm of rain in Murwillumbah and Mullumbimby while wind gusts up to 87kph were recorded at Cape Byron at the height of the storm.

Murwillumbah copped 102mm of rain in a 24-hour period while 128mm was recorded at Mullumbimby.

State Emergency Services volunteers in the Richmond Tweed region received more than 70 calls for assistance as the gale force winds and heavy rain struck but SES officer Janet Pettit said the Tweed had avoided the worst of the damage.

“The storm impacted more in southeast Queensland,” Ms Pettit said.

“Mooloolaba was hit hard and we were tracking that storm but luckily it went over the coast so it wasn’t as severe here as the BOM had predicted.”

Police on the Sunshine Coast declared an emergency situation yesterday after assessing the storm damage in Mooloolaba and neighbouring suburbs.

Residents there have described how their homes were torn apart by the winds but Tweed residents, still on edge after the region was hammered by a severe storm just two weeks ago, had relatively little damage to contend with.

“The wind did bring down some threes and there was some flooding but lucky for us it wasn’t as severe as we thought it was going to be,” Ms Pettit said.

Minor flooding in some areas meant several roads were closed but Ms Pettit said drivers continued to ignore warnings with SES workers called to Upper Crystal Creek Rd on Sunday after witnesses reported a car trapped in floodwaters.

“It’s very frustrating,” she said.

“People really need to be aware that driving into floodwaters is dangerous.

“They not only put their lives at risk but also the lives of the rescuers.”

Ms Pettit said the driver of the vehicle had escaped unharmed.

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