Caravan park evacuated

Jo Mitchell, Elva Russell and Fid at the evacuation site at Kingscliff TAFE.
Jo Mitchell, Elva Russell and Fid at the evacuation site at Kingscliff TAFE. John Gass /TWE250112wet

CARAVAN park occupants between Tweed River and Chinderah were evacuated after the Tweed River broke its banks and warning was issued that more was to come.

State Emergency Service has ordered the caravan parks to be evacuated due to Bureau of Meteorology's flood predictions.

Jason and Ali McGrath spent last night in a tent with the family at Chinderah Lakes Caravan Park and woke up this morning floating on water.

"We were up about 10.30am and Ali said to check on the water level. I opened the tent and we were surrounded by water," Mr McGrath said.

"We have been here four years.

"Lucky we are back in the caravan tonight."

It might be a little longer for the couple with SES ordering an evacuation and police stopping traffic from entering the area.

About 10 people were at the evacuation centre early with more arriving all the time from neighbouring caravan parks.

Elva Russell was one of the first to arrive from Chinderah Lakes with her dog Fid.

"I have lived in the area for eight years, and this isn't the worse I have seen it," Ms Russell said.

"We received a phone call from the SES to get out now otherwise we would be cut off."

Ms Russell said her husband stayed behind to look after neighbours who did not want to evacuate.

An evacuation centre has been established at Kingscliff TAFE, Cudgen Rd and Murwillumbah St Joseph's Catholic Church Hall.

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