Tweed Shire Council road maintenance crews are out across the Tweed’s road network repairing potholes and other damage caused by the recent prolonged rainfall and previous flood events.
Council has received around 200 reports from the public in recent days and crews are working to get on top of repairs.
Manager Roads and Stormwater Danny Rose said that crews were working additional hours but were also managing other hazards caused by the rain including clearing landslips, fallen trees and blocked drains across the Tweed’s 1000km road network.
“Our dedicated crews work hard to keep our roads open and safe throughout the year – and especially during prolonged wet and severe weather,” he said.
“We have a lot of potholes across the network at the moment but we have also been kept busy clearing roads that have had access completely blocked.”
In total, between December 1 and April 7, Murwillumbah recorded rainfall totalling 1617.7mm. This is higher than the average annual rainfall total for the town over the past 10 years (1585mm).
“After months of continuous rain the road pavements are completely saturated and this results in potholes. We are also still working our way through the damage from the December floods and January storms,” Mr Rose said.
Large scale road repairs are not possible during wet weather and therefore Council is patching potholes using the best available product.
“We encourage all motorists to take care on the roads, drive to the conditions and be alert to hazards. Slow down, leave extra space between you and vehicle in front and avoid puddles as they can be deceptively deep.”
Residents are urged to report potholes directly to Council via the Report a Problem service: www.tweed.nsw.gov.au/ReportAProblem
For urgent issues, call Council 24/7 on 02 6670 2400. Council has an on-call crew to address emergencies that are reported after hours.
To stay up to date with road hazards and closures, visit the Tweed Emergency dashboard: https://emergency.tweed.nsw.gov.au/