Flood Water Rising

Flood warning issued for Tweed River

A flood warning has been issued for the Tweed River, as heavy rain continues lashing the region.

The Bureau says a minor to moderate flood warning is in place, with areas around Tumbulgum and Chinderah of particular concern.

“Moderate flooding may occur along the Tweed River at Tumbulgum.

“The Tweed River at Tumbulgum is likely to reach the moderate flood level (1.80 m) early Thursday afternoon.

“The Tweed River at Chinderah (Barneys Point) is likely to reach the minor flood level (1.30 metres) around 01:00 pm Thursday with the high tides,” the warning reads.

The following safety advice has also been issued for those in the area.

In life threatening emergencies, call 000 (triple zero) immediately. If you require rescue, assistance to evacuate or other emergency help, ring NSW SES on 132 500.

– Avoid drowning. Stay out of rising water, seek refuge in the highest available place.
– Prevent damage to your vehicle. Move it under cover, away from areas likely to flood.
– Avoid being swept away. Stay out of fast-flowing creeks and storm drains.
– Never drive, ride or walk through flood water. Flood water can be deceptive and dangerous.

For the latest information regarding warnings, click here.

Water restrictions lifted in Tweed, thanks to heavy rain

Good news for Tweed residents this morning, with water restrictions officially lifted following decent rain.

Clarrie Hall Dam is now at 100 per cent, with local council reporting there are significant river flows at Bray Park Weir.

Manager Water and Wastewater Anthony Burnham says residents can go back to normal, though still encourages locals to do their part where possible.

“This last lot of rain has taken the dam level from 82.5 per cent on Wednesday 5 February to 100 per cent yesterday.

“The rain has caused a number of maintenance and safety issues in our public parks and these take priority over turning back on beach showers and taps, so please be patient as we work through this. It may take up to two weeks.

“No further business restriction permits will be issued and any business with a Level 2 Restriction permit has now expired,” Mr Burnham said.

The region received a whopping 200mm of rainfall in the catchment area in recent days.

Police Lights

Boys, aged 13 and 14, charged over alleged car thefts

Two kids aged 13 and 14 are among four people who have been charged following investigations into alleged car thefts and other property offences across Far Northern NSW and the Gold Coast.

The pair were taken into custody at a home on Leisure Drive in Banora Point yesterday afternoon after officers found a car key at the property which belonged to a blue Toyota Corolla stolen from a Queensland address.

A second stolen vehicle, a silver Lexus, was later found at a home on Dundee Drive in Banora Point.

The two boys were charged with two counts of receive property stolen outside NSW greater than $15,000, and one count of possess implements to enter/drive conveyance.

Both teens were refused bail to face a children’s court today.

Meanwhile, a 19-year-old man and 21-year-old man were also arrested yesterday after being stopped by police who were patrolling Tweed Heads South.

It’s understood the younger man attempted to flee when he spotted officers, forcing them to chase him down.

“The man continued to resist arrest before being restrained; during the arrest, a senior officer received minor injuries,” NSW Police said.

A search of the older man also uncovered a set of knuckle dusters.

Both men were taken to Tweed Heads Police station, where the 19-year-old was charged with an outstanding warrant, two counts of goods in custody, two counts of resist officer, and one count each of assault officer, possess prohibited drug and be carried in conveyance taken without consent of owner.

The 21-year-old was charged with assault police and possess prohibited weapon.

Commander of the Tweed Byron Police District, Acting Superintendent Brendon Cullen, said police will continue to target repeat offenders within the district.

“Stolen motor vehicles have seen a spike in the Tweed/Byron area in recent weeks. We are determined to disrupt those people who enter our community and steal motor vehicles,” Acting Supt Cullen said.

“Tweed Byron Police, with the assistance of our cross-border neighbours at the Gold Coast, will be actively pursuing and targeting offenders who continue to commit crimes in NSW and QLD.”

Water Tap

Tweed residents without today after multiple water mains break

Hundreds of residents in Tweed will be without water today, after five water main breaks.

Council is working to repair the breaks across the region today, that have left around 250 properties without water.

The works are expected to take most of the day, though Council expects water to be running again after 4.00pm.

It’s understood the small mains are the older cement type but it is not known what has caused the spike in breakages.

Tweed Council says the following streets will be affected by water outages today:

  • Ducat Street
  • Compass Way
  • The Mainbrace
  • Angela Street
  • Thomson Streets
  • Pontresina Avenue
  • The Quarterdeck – between Norman Street and Leeward Terrace.

“All the mains are small but it is inevitable that we will lose some water today despite the current Level 2 water restrictions,” Manager Water and Wastewater Anthony Burnham said.

Tweed woman missing since New Years Day found safe and well

UPDATE on January 24 @ 5.00PM | A woman missing from the Kingscliff area since New Years Day has been found safe and well.

The woman was located around 12.30pm today.

Police have thanked the media and public for their assistance.

NOTE: For privacy reasons, images and details identifying the woman have since been removed from this article.

EARLIER on January 23 @ 4.30PM | New South Wales Police are appealing for public help to track down a woman missing from the Tweed area.

The family of the 45-year-old has not been able to contact her since New Years Day.

Police say they and her family hold serious concerns for her welfare.

She is known to frequent the Kingscliff area.

Anyone who sees Ms Conway or knows of her whereabouts is urged to contact Police.

If you have information for Police, please contact NSW Police on 131 444 or provide information using their online form 24 hours per day. 

You can report also information about crime anonymously to Crime Stoppers by calling 1800 333 000 or via nsw.crimestoppers.com.au 24 hours per day. Crime Stoppers is a registered charity and community volunteer organisation.