Floods and stormwater
Major flood event - recovery and clean-up
Only contact Council for urgent and flood related enquiries - please hold off on any non-urgent enquiries or report it online.
Property flood report Flash flood alert systemFlood risk Flood studies & projectsStormwater
This page provides general flooding information for the Tweed community, for important information during weather events and emergencies visit the Emergency Dashboard (Council is not the main authority in emergencies).
Is your emergency kit ready?
Have an emergency plan(PDF, 27KB) in place for your family and pets. Know your flood evacuation routes.
It's storm season(PDF, 2MB) .
Flood forecasts and warnings
Bureau of Meteorology - for weather warnings, rainfall and flood forecasts.
ABC North Coast Radio FM 94.5 - for local weather and flooding updates.
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
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 visit Live Traffic NSW.
Flooding in Tweed Shire
The Tweed has a long history of flooding. Major flooding events were recorded in:
1887, 1921, 1931, 1945, 1954, 1963, 1972, 1974 (twice), 1987, 1989 (twice), 2017, 2022
2017 Flood Report(PDF, 884KB)
Rainfall records have been recorded in the Tweed since 1881.
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