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SES are on high alert and expecting flooding

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SES Phil "Mad Dog" Davison, Shane Connery and Ben Denman get ready to move out to the floods. John Gass

MURWILLUMBAH SES was ready to roll out if the Tweed floods again and warned residents to keep an eye on weather conditions.

Unit controller Chris Chrisostomos was not optimistic about the current wet weather.

"After the last flood we thought we had a bit of a reprieve, but we're only three weeks down the track and looking at it again," he said.

"The long term predictions are that we are looking at moderate to major flooding here on Thursday, Friday or leading into the weekend."

Mr Chrisostomos said that catchments were full and rainfall would swell river levels at a rapid rate.

"All our paddocks are full, our drains are full, so it will only take five or six hours (of heavy rain) and we've got issues that we'll need to address," he said.

"We'll get rises in the river because it's all runoff. We haven't had any time for the ground to dry out between the last flood and leading into this one."

But the long term SES volunteer said his team was ready to help at a moments notice.

"There is nuisance flooding in some of our areas and roads are starting to be cut off so we had to activate the unit and we went operational here in Murwillumbah depot to be prepared," he said

"The guys here are keen, they're ringing me up wanting to know what's going on. Lucky enough, I've got a crew that are very committed and dedicated and they want to get involved. That's what they're trained for and they're here when we need them.

"We're preparing ourselves so we're there to do the best we can for the community at large."

In fact, the SES had already had a hectic morning, despite flooding remaining localised.

"We've already had eight or nine jobs to do. We've had to ferry some people on a boat that broke away from it's moorings over on the Rous River. We've had two or three roof jobs that we've had to go to," he said.

Mr Chrisostomos warned that towns around the Tweed needed to be starting preparations to avoid getting caught off guard.

"The community needs to be self aware, don't wait until the last minute. It's easy for you to start packing your gear and unpacking if it doesn't happen, rather than being caught short and losing all your possessions."

Tweed residents should keep an eye on the Bureau of Meteorology website at www.bom.gov.au for flood warnings and www.myroadinfo.com.au for road closures.


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