Tweed dev­as­tated in wake of 2017 flood

LOOK­ING BACK: March, 2017

Tweed Daily News - - NEWS -

THE FLOOD of March 2017 will for­ever live in the mem­ory of lo­cals caught up in the cat­a­strophic del­uge of ex-trop­i­cal cy­clone Deb­bie, which left a trail of de­struc­tion in its path and claimed the lives of six Tweed res­i­dents.

The record flood hit the shire on March 30 and 31, as Deb­bie hov­ered over the Tweed's up­per catch­ment area, in­un­dat­ing the re­gion with record rain­fall, caus­ing the Tweed River to peak at Uki at 12.91m (1.51m higher than the 1974 record) and 6.25m at Mur­willum­bah (0.21m above 1954 record).

Many res­i­dents suf­fered ex­ten­sive dam­age to their prop­er­ties dur­ing the floods, forc­ing some to leave their homes for long pe­ri­ods of time wait­ing for in­sur­ance claims and re­pairs to be com­pleted.

The Depart­ment of Fam­ily and Com­mu­nity Ser­vices as­sisted al­most 1300 peo­ple with ac­com­mo­da­tion in the af­ter­math of the flood, while data ob­tained from NSW Fire and Res­cue es­ti­mated 2100 houses were flooded.

There were many peo­ple through­out the flood who risked their lives to pro­tect friends and fam­ily but it was the SES, po­lice and emer­gency ser­vices who re­ally put their necks on the line to keep the com­mu­nity safe.

The SES worked tire­lessly to en­sure the safety of Tweed res­i­dents, as­sist­ing in the res­cue of hun­dreds of peo­ple across the shire.

Three South Mur­willum­bah men were also recog­nised for their heroic ef­forts after they risked their lives to save 13 peo­ple trapped in Green­hills Car­a­van Park dur­ing the height of the flood.

The com­mu­nity’s res­i­dents also banded to­gether to help with the re­cov­ery ef­fort, or­gan­is­ing ev­ery­thing from muddy town clean-up work­ing bees to hot meals, fresh food, clean cloth­ing and many a shoul­der to cry on.


COM­MU­NITY IN AC­TION: Tum­bul­gum res­i­dents come to­gether to shovel thick river mud from their street after the March 2017 floods.

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