TWEED POLICE are appealing to community members to avoid unnecessary travel on local roads as flood waters threaten to trap sightseers and those attempting to escape low lying areas.
Police said a number of roads in the Kingscliff, Chinderah, Tweed South and Tweed Heads areas have become congested with vehicles and there are concerns motorists attempting to flee may become trapped in rising flood waters.
The Pacific Motorway M1 is closed in both directions between the Tweed Heads exit and Tweed Valley Way at Chinderah.
Residents in high level areas are asked to remain in their home and avoid travel on the road where possible. Residents in low-lying areas are urged to move to higher ground and seek shelter.
Community members are being advised to listen for evacuation notices and advice.
For the latest on road closures members of the community can visit the website www.livetraffic.com or contact their local councils.
Members of the public in flood affected areas should continue to listen to local radio stations, or check the websites listed below.
Members of the public seeking emergency assistance during a flood or storm should call the NSW State Emergency Service on 132 500, or visit their website www.ses.nsw.gov.au
For all other emergencies, the public are advised to contact Triple Zero.