As a result of the multiple small landslides and road damage from the continuing rain and flooding Tweed Shire has been declared a natural disaster area by the Federal government.
‘While we have many roads affected by water and several closed, we are not yet in a position to understand the full damage as this event is still unfolding,’ manager roads and stormwater Danny Rose said.
This declaration provides Council with access to disaster assistance funding under the jointly funded Commonwealth-State Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements (DRFA) to repair essential public infrastructure damaged by flooding.
Extra care needed
The roadworks section of Kyogle Road at Bray Park is very rough due to the rain on the exposed surface. Extra care is needed there.
The left-hand lane of Leisure Drive/Darlington Drive roundabout at Banora Point is closed (south-western corner) and will remain closed for several days due to a sewer manhole collapse undermining the road.
‘We are constantly updating https://www.myroadinfo.com.au as we verify road conditions and while that information is not real-time it is as up to date as we can get, as we do need to confirm conditions before we publish closure and hazard information,’ said Mr Rose.
‘At these times all motorists should drive expecting water, fallen trees and possible landslips to be on the road – any and every road. They should put their lights on, slow down and extend the safe travelling distance behind the car in front.
‘Accidents from careless driving will make the traffic conditions worse, so please drive to conditions.’
Bin services are being impacted today by road closures and the wet weather. If you and your neighbours haven’t had your bin emptied, there is no need to ring Council and report it. Solo will resume collections in these areas when they are able to do so. Please leave your bins out for collection.
For the latest information on road closures and hazards visit the Tweed Emergency Dashboard https://emergency.tweed.nsw.gov.au (which links through to MyRoadInfo as well as a range of other useful information and links such as weather warnings, river heights and rainfall).