Before-and-after satellite photos show NSW, QLD flood devastation

Remarkable before and after photos show how extensive the flooding has been in northern NSW and Queensland.

In NSW, the deluge has resulted in flooding, with six fatalities and thousands of rescues. The devastation has also seen another 10 people die in Queensland.

Satellite images from US-based earth imaging company Planet show the flooded Tweed River along the north coast of NSW.

"On February 18, 2022, the dark water of the river flowed through light-green sugarcane fields and pastures and dark green woodland," PlanetScope said.

"By March 1, the swollen river was filled with light brown sediment, and had overflown its banks covering the fields and inundating some nearby cities and towns."

Pictured in these satellite images is a before and after of the Tweed River amid the NSW floods.
The Tweed River inundated communities in NSW when the heavy rain resulted in flooding as seen in these satellite images. Source: Planet Labs PBC

Over the course of the week, several warnings were issued for the Tweed River by the Bureau of Meteorology.

The bureau said in the most recent flood warning no further flooding was expected along the Tweed River, and levels in Murwillumbah, Tumbulgum and Chinderah had fallen below minor flood levels.

"River levels are expected to continue to fall, however there is some possibility of renewed river level rises due to forecast rainfall for the rest of the Friday and into the weekend," the bureau said.

"The situation is being closely monitored and revised forecasts will be issued if necessary."

Floodwaters in Murwillumbah, along the Tweed River in Northern NSW, on February 25, 2022.
Floodwaters are seen in Murwillumbah, along the Tweed River in Northern NSW, last Friday. Source: AAP

The sixth flood-related fatality was confirmed by NSW Police on Friday afternoon.

Police say the body was found shortly after 2pm on Friday at Byrril Creek Road near Terragon and had yet to be formally identified.

Four other fatalities occurred in flood-ravaged Lismore in recent days and a man died when his car was swept away by floodwaters on the Central Coast last week.

Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk also shared satellite pictures to her Twitter to show the extent of the flooding in Gympie, Maryborough, Noosa River and Rocklea.

The images show similar scenes to what happened along the Tweed River, with muddied waters inundating communities.

Ten people have now died in Queensland's major floods triggered after days of record-breaking rain pummelled the state's most heavily populated region between Gympie and the NSW border.

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services Commissioner Greg Leach said there had been 650 swift water rescues and almost 12,000 calls for help had been received in the last 11 days.

"We still have around 900 tasks outstanding, so it will take us another two to three days to get to you," he said, addressing those who had sought help.

"So if you are waiting for SES assistance, please be patient, we will get to you."

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