Murwillumbah levee wall holds by centimetres as Tweed River begins to fall

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THE MURWILLUMBAH levee wall has held back a ferocious Tweed River at a peak of 6.2 metres at 4.30 am this morning with the river now beginning to fall.

Earlier predictions had the Tweed River peaking at 6.4 metres this morning, which would have breached the levee wall (6.3 metres) while residents of Murwillumbah CBD were instructed to evacuate by the SES.

The flood level broke the previous record of 6.07 metres set during the 1954 floods and if it wasn’t for the levee wall Murwillumbah CBD and surrounds would have seen much more extensive flooding.

The CBD was inundated with flash flooding affecting businesses on Wharf Street.

South Murwillumbah has experienced extensive flooding along with several other low lying areas north of the river including around Knox Park, Riverview Street, William Street and the Murwillumbah Leagues Club.

Residents are reporting that flood waters are beginning to recede and it was a long and nervous night for many business and home owners who watched the waters continue to rise.

Rain has eased and the forecast is for no further significant rainfall today and a strong wind warning in place.

The Tweed River at Chinderah peaked earlier this morning around 1am at 1.69 metres is currently at 1.62 metres and steady.
The Tweed River at Chinderah (Barneys Point) (AHD) is expected to peak near 4.30 metres with major flooding early Friday afternoon, when the arrival of the upstream flood peak will coincide with the high tide.

 

Latest river levels;

Tweed River at Uki 10.30m Falling 05:28 AM
Oxley River at Eungella 5.85m Falling 05:27 AM
Rous River at Chillingham 6.43m Rising 11:34 PM
Rous River at Boat Harbour 12.80m Falling 04:45 AM
Tweed River at Tumbulgum (AHD) 3.56m Rising 05:27 AM
Tweed River at Chinderah (Barneys Point) (AHD) 1.64m Steady 05:21 AM