A flood evacuation warning has been issued for residents along the Tweed River south of Coolangatta.
The warning is a result of the moderate flood level predicted by the Bureau of Meteorology for the Tweed River at Chinderah.
The NSW State Emergency Service recommends that residents within the Fingal Point area west of the single-lane temporary bridge should prepare to evacuate within the next two hours.
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Residents are urged to monitor the situation and be prepared to evacuate when instructed to do so.
The warning affects an approximately 2000 residents.
For people who need assistance, an evacuation centre has been set up by Family and Community Services at the Salvation Army North Point at Banora Point.
Wherever possible, people should go and stay with family or friends, or make other accommodation arrangements.
As you prepare for evacuation you should:
- Raise belongings by placing them on tables, beds and benches. Put electrical items on
top. You may be able to place light weight items in the roof space.
- Collect together medicines, personal and financial documents, mementos and photos
- If possible, check to see if your neighbours need help.
- Make arrangements for care of pets or other animals, or take your pets with you when
- Take three days supply of clothing, medicines and personal hygiene products.
- If you are planning to go to the evacuation centre, take blankets/sleeping bags, pillows
and sleeping mats.
- Find out where to turn off the electricity and gas.
- Continue to listen to a local radio station for updates.
For emergency assistance telephone the NSW SES on 132 500
NOTE: This is an evacuation WARNING, not an evacuation ORDER. A Flood Evacuation Order will be issued by the NSW SES if evacuation is required.