[author]Story and photos Luis Feliu[/author]
More than half a metre of rain fell in the Tweed region in three days, flooding most low-lying areas, closing major roads and inundating homes, business and whole streets throughout the shire.
Rain eased on Thursday but started again early this morning.
Scores of residents from the flooded Chinderah caravan parks were evacuated to the Kingscliff TAFE evacuation centre, where many remained yesterday.
Local MP Geoff Provest praised the response of local people who he said were quick to heed the advice of emergency workers to evacuate.
‘Ninety-nine per cent of people followed direction. [Emergency services] took that step basically because they didn’t want to be evacuating a lot of elderly people from caravan parks in the dead of night,’ he said this morning.
The NSW State Emergency Service (SES) has set up a Public Information and Inquiry Centre to provide information to flood-affected communities, which can be contacted by calling 1800 227 228.
But members of the public seeking emergency assistance during a flood or storm should call the SES on 132 500. For life-threatening situations call Triple-0.
Images: Murwillumbah’s showgrounds marooned; Byangum bridge under floodwaters; a family canoeing on Wardrop Street, South Murwillumbah; slam dunk takes on a new meaning; Clarrie Hall Dam spill outlet. See our Facebook page for more flood pictures.