The Johnson family at Byangum Bridge.
The Johnson family at Byangum Bridge.

SES issues 'all clear' for some towns but flood risk remains

UPDATE 6.15PM:
THE NSW State Emergency Service has issued an all clear for parts of the Tweed previously under evacuation orders and warnings due to flooding.

"Minor flooding has eased on the Tweed River at South Murwillumbah and surround areas," the SES said.

Despite these eased conditions, the Bureau of Meteorology has warned parts of the Tweed could experience moderate flooding overnight. 

According to the SES, it was this afternoon safe to return to these areas:

  • Properties on the Tweed Valley Way north of Murwillumbah
    Condong and Tumbulgum 
  • The low-lying areas of Tygalgah and surrounding areas.
  • Low lying areas of South Murwillumbah residential and industrial estates
  • Greenhills Caravan Park
  • Residential and business areas bounded by the Tweed River, the railway line, Alma St and the southern end of Wardrop St and Railway St
  • Tweed Valley Way between Mistral Rd and Rose Lane

Roads in the area may continue to be impacted. SEE ROAD CLOSURES HERE

Original report:
FLOODWATERS closed roads and cut off residents from essential services on the Tweed yesterday.

State Emergency Service Murwillumbah Unit volunteers were yesterday afternoon tasked to help NSW Ambulance paramedics to access a patient near Murwillumbah.

Paramedics could not reach the patient, suffering from a medical condition, by road as Cane Rd was flooded between Condong and Kynnumboon.

NSW SES spokesman Mitchell Clout said the organisation's Tweed Heads unit had been the busiest in the state, with at least 156 jobs since the weather event began.

Evacuation orders were issued for some parts of the Tweed yesterday but the region appeared to have escaped severe flood impacts as rain eased and the river levels dropped throughout the day.

The SES issued an order for people to evacuate areas along the Tweed River at Tumbulgum, Condong and surrounding areas yesterday morning.

Byangum Bridge on Kyogle Rd, between Murwillumbah and Uki, was substantially flooded on Monday night and remained underwater for part of yesterday, with heavy debris littering the area.

The Oxley River also rose significantly, cutting off Tyalgum Rd in Eungella for a period of time.

According to the Bureau of Meteorology, flood levels peaked at 2.2 metres in Tumbulgum about 10am yesterday, with moderate flooding.

The Tweed River, which swelled to flood the village's main street - Riverside Drive - began to fall after this.

The river peaked at 1.60 metres at Chinderah (Barney's Point) about 8am with minor flooding and about the same time, reached 3.8 metres with minor flooding in Murwillumbah.

A severe weather warning remained current for the Northern Rivers at the time of publication, when minor to moderate flooding was taking place along the Tweed River.



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