Surfers take advantage of the large swell at Snapper Rocks during the heavy rain.
Surfers take advantage of the large swell at Snapper Rocks during the heavy rain. Aisling Brennan

Tweed SES prepares for possible flooding

UPDATE 4pm: TWEED SES is gearing up for a long night ahead as heavy rainfall continues across Northern New South Wales.

Tweed SES unit controller Christine McDonald said she would continue to monitor the Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) over the next 24 hours as the weather continues to change.

"It's a guessing game," Ms McDonald said.

"We're on the wait and watch at the moment. If anything does come through, we'll deal with it when it comes.

"The catchment is handling it quite well (but) there might be the odd pocket that does swell."

The BOM has reported a continued chance of thunderstorms with 40 to 50km/h south-easterly winds in Tweed Heads and 20 to 30 km/h south to south-easterly winds in Murwillumbah.

Ms Mcdonald said the Tweed SES would also continue to monitor the BOM Queensland predictions.

"We need to be conscious of what impacts Coolangatta," she said.

"We need to be conscious of the Queensland boundaries. We're keeping on eye both Queensland and New South Wales BOM."

 

 

EARLIER: TWEED SES is urging residents to prepare for any potential flooding as heavy rainfall continues across the region.

Tweed SES unit controller Christine McDonald said her team was ready to help anybody in need of assistance during this time.

"We're just sort of waiting until we're being advised from Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) about any significant weather warnings," Ms McDonald said.

"We've had some jobs. We've had a couple of roof jobs and people requesting sandbags in regards to preparation to potential flooding."

This follows earlier warnings issued by the BOM about heavy rain and thunderstorms which may lead to flash flooding in the Northern Rivers.

The warning, issued at 4.38am today, includes the Tweed Shire region, with the Tweed River placed on a minor to moderate flood watch.

Ms McDonald said the Tweed SES had received some extra personnel to help assist the region.

"We've received outside resources in regards to numbers to bolster the team to we already have," Ms McDonald said.

"We've got a couple of out of area personnel from Sydney and the Western region.

"We tend to (get extra resources) if we're watching the forecast and are advised if things become escalated.

"This is still a very weak catchment area from a month ago as there's nowhere for water to go."

Ms McDonald urged anyone needing assistance to contact the SES on 132 500 or visit www.ses.nsw.gov.au/regions/richmond-tweed.



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