Thousands evacuated in NS Wales as torrential rains soak Queensland

January 25, 2012AUSTRALIAAbout 4,200 people have been evacuated from their homes on the New South Wales far north coast, after the same weather system that drenched Queensland moved south. Ten flood warnings are in place for rivers in the state’s north-east, where up to 550 millimeters of rain has fallen in some areas over three days. People have been evacuated from parts of Chinderah, Fingal Head, South Murwillumbah, Condong and Tumbulgum. The Lower Tweed River at Chinderah peaked lower than expected about midnight (AEDT) and is causing only minor flooding. Major flooding was also expected in the Tweed Valley. The Tweed River was predicted to exceed the major flooding level at Murwillumbah at 6pm, but it ended up peaking below at 4.7 meters.  Minor to moderate flooding is expected in other catchments on the Northern Rivers. Warnings for minor to moderate flooding are in place for river valleys further south between Brunswick Heads and Taree, while several other communities remain isolated by floodwaters. Scott Hanckle from the Richmond Tweed State Emergency Service says more heavy rain is predicted to fall over the next 24 hours. “The greatest risk is for localised flash flooding and people that are moving around the district, could I just reiterate, not to under any circumstances go into floodwaters. Don’t drive, walk or ride in floodwaters,” he said. Mr Hanckle says he flood threat is far from over. “We’ve got a number of days of wet weather forecast. We need to be very cautious,’ he said. Police are urging people in the region not to drive after many drivers have been ignoring safety warnings. -ABC
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5 Responses to Thousands evacuated in NS Wales as torrential rains soak Queensland

  1. tess says:

    We live in the northern rivers, and have seen the amount of rain first hand.. the area that has been evacuated, around fingal heads recived 250 mills of water in less than 24 hours.. this is just the start, we are expecting another five days of rain over the coming weekend.. the local towns on the river have gone under in less that 2 days.. amazing. Good luck to all who live on the flats around the river, lucky us, we live on the hill.

  2. jessy says:

    9.00amEST. Tyalgum creek, 30k west Murwillumbah, flooded in, we’re at 600mt asl thank goodness.creeks and rivers flowing, raining cats n dogs.

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