The Tweed declared natural disaster area
TWEED Shire has been declared a natural disaster area by the Federal Government due to the continued rain and flooding.
The declaration provides Tweed Shire Council with access to disaster assistance funding under the Commonwealth-State Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements to repair essential public infrastructure damaged by flooding.
Roads and stormwater manager Danny Rose said many roads had been affected by water and several closed but the council was not yet in a position to understand the full damage still unfolding.
There have been multiple small landslips and the inevitable potholes.
The roadworks section of Kyogle Rd at Bray Park is rough due to the rain on the exposed surface and the public is warned extra care is needed there.
The left-hand lane of Leisure Dr/Darlington Dr roundabout at Banora Point is closed (south-western corner) and will remain closed for several days due to a sewer manhole collapse undermining the road.
"We are constantly updating myroadinfo.com.au as we verify road conditions and while that information is not real-time, it is as up to date as we can get, as we do need to confirm conditions before we publish closure and hazard information," Mr Rose said.
"At these times all motorists should drive expecting water, fallen trees and possible landslips to be on the road - any and every road.
"They should put their lights on, slow down and extend the safe travelling distance behind the car in front. "Accidents from careless driving will make the traffic conditions worse, so please drive to conditions."
Bin services are being impacted today by road closures and the wet weather.
"If you and your neighbours haven't had your bin emptied, there is no need to ring the council and report it," Mr Rose.
"Solo will resume collections in these areas when they are able to do so. Please leave your bins out for collection."
For the latest information on road closures and hazards visit the Tweed Emergency Dashboard emergency.tweed.nsw.gov.au that links through to MyRoadInfo as well as a range of other useful information and links such as weather warnings, river heights and rainfall).