Floods and stormwater

Flood road damage

Property flood report Flood risk Flood studies & projectsStormwater 

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(PDF, 27KB) in place for your family and pets. Know your flood evacuation routes.

It's storm season(PDF, 2MB) .

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

FMA Logo

Bureau of Meteorology - For weather warnings, rainfall and flood forecasts

ABC North Coast Radio FM 94.5For 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 across all Northern Rivers council areas visit myroadinfo.com.au

Flooding in Tweed Shire

Murwillumbah showground grandstand 1921 Major flooding events were recorded in:

1887, 1921, 1931, 1945, 1954, 1963, 1972, 1974 (twice), 1987, 1989 (twice), 2017
2017 Flood Report(PDF, 884KB) .

Rainfall records

Rainfall records have been recorded in the Tweed since 1881.

Regent theatre flood 1954 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.

Flood Tumbulgum 2017

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