THE list of roads either closed, washed away, blocked by landslides or damaged by flooding across Tweed Heads continues to grow.
More than 40 roads are affected across the region, including both Mt Warning and Tomewin roads which were closed after they were declared “too dangerous”.
“The danger on these roads is not visible to the motorist,” said Director Engineering David Oxenham. “While they might look good to get through on, the risk of driving on them is not acceptable.
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“On Mt Warning Road, the pavement is in place but there’s nothing below holding it up. On Tomewin Road, the landslips are still moving.”
Contractors have been deployed to these two sites to undertake emergency repairs on both roads which will remain closed until further notice.
Meanwhile, Council has prioritised work on seven other major roads that remain closed because they are too dangerous or impassable.
These are Manns, Couchy Creek, Dungay Creek, Palmvale, Porters, Solomons and Spring Valley roads. The damage caused to some of these roads has left small communities isolated.
Council is also assessing the condition of Byrrill Creek Bridge, while crews work on the timber Piggabeen Road Bridge No 155.
Priority roads are being washed free of mud and dirt once waters have receded sufficiently, including Tweed Valley Way and Bartletts Road which are carrying heavy traffic taking loads of rubbish and flood debris to the tip at Stotts Creek.
Riverside Drive at Tumbulgum has also been restricted to emergency services vehicles and local residents only, with sightseeing traffic hampering efforts to clean the town’s sewerage system.
“The information we are providing is the best source of truth we have but in emergency situations where access is difficult and, given that Council lost 90 per cent of its own fleet, our information may not be complete,” said Director Engineering David Oxenham.
“Residents can contact Council on 6670 2400 to report any major road damage not listed below but we ask you not to report portholes or minor damage at this stage.
“Over the coming weeks, our crews will get out on every road and assess the damage to compile our program of works to repair.”
To view a full list of updated road closures please visit tweed.nsw.gov.au/RoadWorks. This website is updated twice a day.