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This page provides general flooding information for the Tweed community.

The Tweed has a long history of flooding.

Is your emergency kit ready?

Have an emergency plan in place for your family and pets. Know your flood evacuation routes.

It's storm season (1.65mB PDF).

Emergency dashboard

See Council's emergency dashboard for important information during weather events and emergencies (Council is not the main authority in emergencies).

Flood forecasts and warnings

Flood evacuation and emergency response

SES are the lead agency during flood and storm emergencies and manage:

  • flood warning systems, rescues, evacuations
  • welfare of affected communities
  • flood maps and advice during weather events

See NSW State Emergency Service

Tumbulgum Aerial View - March 2017 Flood

Tumbulgum 2017

Regent Theatre corner of Wollumbin and Brisbane Streets 1954

Regent Theatre in Murwillumbah 1954
(Tweed Regional Museum collection)

Murwillumbah Showground grandstand surrounded by flood waters 1921

Murwillumbah Showground grandstand 1921
(Tweed Regional Museum collection)


SES manage sandbag distribution in the community during weather events.

How to use sandbags

Road closures (flooded roads)

For updates about roadworks, flooding and incidents across all Northern Rivers council areas visit

Flooding in Tweed Shire

Major flooding events were recorded in:

1887, 1921, 1931, 1945, 1954, 1963, 1972, 1974 (twice), 1987, 1989 (twice), 2017

2017 Flood Report (884kB PDF).

Rainfall records

Rainfall records have been recorded in the Tweed since 1881.

Flood insurance

Flood insurance terms, conditions and premiums are set by the insurance industry.

Insurers base property assessments on flood maps provided by Council, but we have no influence over flood insurance products or premiums.

Flood insurance is a relatively new product, and few properties were insured against flooding (as opposed to stormwater inundation) prior to 2006.

When assessing flood insurance, insurers take account of how often an individual property is expected to flood, how severe the flooding may be, and how deep the flood can get.

Flooding is a costly natural disaster which affects a relatively small percentage of insured properties, and high premiums are likely (compared to other forms of risk). Speak to your insurer and shop around for insurance products that suit your needs.

See Insurance Council of Australia and Understanding insurance

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