CRASH: Strong winds on Monday morning brought down this tree onto the roof of Des and Esther Rickenberg’s home at Goonellabah.
CRASH: Strong winds on Monday morning brought down this tree onto the roof of Des and Esther Rickenberg’s home at Goonellabah. Cathy Adams

Thunder? No, timberrrrr!

WHEN Des and Esther Rickenberg heard a loud bang while watching the Queensland floods on the news yesterday morning they thought it was thunder.

But when they went to investigate they found a massive gum tree outside their Goonellabah home had crashed through the roof and into the front room where Esther would usually have been sitting.

"There was one almighty thud. We thought it was thunder and my wife looked and said 'it's not thunder it's that damn tree'," Des said.

"My wife would normally be sitting in that room as she finds it more relaxing in there."

The call out to the Rickenberg's house was one of 850 requests for assistance, and 21 rescues of people trapped in floodwaters, by the SES in the Richmond Tweed Region yesterday.

SES Richmond Tweed Region incident controller Kaylene Jones said the Wilsons River at Lismore was expected to peak at 9.7m in the early hours of this morning.

"Rain is continuing in the Wilsons River catchment," she said.

"At this stage it is not possible to predict the flood peaks because of uncertainty over how much more rain will fall."

Richmond Local Area Command duty officer acting Inspector Brad Walpole said police were kept busy with numerous roads closed around the command.

Insp Walpole said fortunately there were no serious incidents.

"We have been providing support to the SES by logging the jobs and their location and then passing them on to the SES," Insp Walpole said.

Police and the SES were reminding people not to drive, ride or walk through floodwaters, to drive to the conditions and obey all road warning signs.

For the current situation on local roads visit myroadinfo.com.au.



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