EXTREME MAJOR FLOOD WARNING FOR THE TWEED RIVER
Issued at 9am EST on Sunday morning
Flood Warning Number: 7
Over 500 millimetres of rain has fallen in parts of the Tweed Valley during the past 24 hours to 9am this morning. Rainfall has intensified in the past hour to 9am with falls of between 100 to 300 millimetres being reported in the Tweed catchment. Further heavy rain in expected for the next 12 hours.
Record flooding has been reported in the upper Tweed Valley at Chillingham.
Higher than 1954 record flooding is now expected at Murwillumbah and downstream, where major flooding in the Tumbulgun and Chindeah area is already occurring from the effects of storm surge and high river flows.
At this stage it is not possible to predict the flood peak because of uncertainty over how much more rain will fall.
Predicted River Heights/Flows:
Murwillumbah - exceed 6.6 metres (CDB levee height) around 3 pm this afternoon with extreme major flooding
- possibly reach 7 metres tonight with further rain causing extreme major flooding
Chinderah -reach about 3 metres above mean sea level around 8pm this evening with the high tide causing extreme major flooding
- higher levels are possible on Monday with further heavy rain and storm surge effects
FloodSafe advice is available at www.ses.nsw.gov.au
For emergency assistance call the SES on telephone number 132 500.
For life threatening emergencies, call 000 immediately.
For the latest weather forecast see www.bom.gov.au/nsw/forecasts/
he next Flood Warning will be issued by 12 noon Sunday
Latest River Heights:
Tweed R at Uki 12.65m rising 08:40 AM SUN
Oxley R at Eungella 11.21m rising 08:48 AM SUN
Tweed R at Murwillumbah 5.3m rising 08:48 AM SUN
Rous R at Boat Harbour 8.05m rising 08:47 AM SUN
Tweed R at Tumbulgum 2.69m rising 08:45 AM SUN
Tweed R at Barneys Point 2.83m rising 08:44 AM SUN