Sandbags Available In Preparation For Cyclone Oma

22/02/2019 10:33 AM

As the Northern Rivers continues to prepare for the effects of Tropical Cyclone Oma residents in the Tweed and Byron Shire Local Government Areas are being notified they are able to access sandbags to help in protecting their property.

A Severe Weather Warning has been issued for the Northern Rivers, reaching from Tweed Heads south to Yamba.

Abnormally high tides, damaging and hazardous surf conditions and damaging winds may cause sea water flooding of low lying areas and coastal erosion.

The State Emergency Service is urging residents to be alert, not alarmed and if you live in a coastal area:

  • Checking your property regularly for erosion or inundation by sea water, and if necessary raise goods and electrical items.
  • Ensure gutters, downpipes and drains are clear.
  • Remove tree branches that are close to your house.
  • Don't walk, ride your bicycle or drive through flood water, and keep clear of creeks and storm drains.
  • Staying out of the water and well away from surf-exposed areas.
  • Please check on neighbours and the elderly who may need assistance.

Residents looking to access sandbags need to REGISTER PRIOR TO PICK UP BY PHONING 132 500.

Mullumbimby SES Unit 29 Coolamon Scenic Drive, Mullumbimby Between 7am and 4pm from Friday 22nd February
Tweed Heads SES Unit 157 Pioneer Parade, Banora Point Between 9am and 12 noon Friday 22nd February

For further information related to Bureau of Meteorology Warnings, please go to 

The latest guidance from the Bureau of Meteorology indicates TC Oma is unlikely to bring significant flood producing rain to the Northern Rivers. Concern does still remain for the Tweed catchment.

Create a Home or Business Emergency Plan here and or help during a storm contact the NSW SES on 132 500.

Media Officer: 02 6625 7727

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