A flood can be defined as water inundating land that is normally dry.
As in much of Australia, flooding is familiar occurrence in the Tweed, particularly during the wet season from November to April.
Because of the Tweed's hilly topography, heavy rainfall drains quickly into creeks and rivers draining to the coast, causing flooding in low-lying areas.
Flash floods pose the greatest threat to life and property, because of their rapid onset and unpredictability. These localised events are a particularly serious problem in urban areas where short, intense bursts of rainfall overwhelm drainage systems.
Both types of flooding can happen quickly and with little warning, so it is important not to be prepared and not to become complacent about flood safety. Most flood-related deaths result when people attempt to drive, walk, swim or play in floodwaters. Depth and current are easily misjudged and floodwater will sweep away and submerge even very large vehicles.
The Bureau of Meteorology provides a flood warning service for major rivers in Australia, including the Tweed River. If you are unsure of how to read the BoM website, please refer to the BOM - How to Guide(PDF, 71KB) for instructions.
Never drive through or enter flood waters. During periods of heavy rain, please refer to the MyRoadInfo website to safely plan your travels and avoid unnecessary harm.
During flood events sewer systems might fill up with storm water, causing the system to overflow. For information on what to do in case of a sewer overflow see Sewer Overflows and Odours.
NSW SES Flood Safe
For everything you need to know about staying safe from floods, including what do to before, during and after these events.
National Flood Warning - Rainfall and River Information
Up to date mapping of rainfall and river conditions across Australia.
RTA - Live Traffic Info
Up to date information on incidents and conditions to help motorists make the best possible travel decision