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Search For Mum And Two Children In Submerged Car To Continue

The search for three people feared dead in a northern NSW river will resume with police divers from Sydney heading to flood-hit Tumbulgum.

It's feared a mother, son and daughter were in a car when it was swept into the swollen Tweed River on Monday afternoon.

A 10-year-old girl was able to escape as the vehicle was washed into the water.

"She was screaming her mum, little sister and older brother had gone into the river in the car," witness Thomas Grinham told the Seven Network.

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Flooding in Lismore

Police say the local community will no doubt be affected by the news.

"We're concerned it is a tragic event that will unfold over the evening and we understand that it is going to have a major impact on the family and the Tweed community," NSW Police Assistant Commissioner Jeff Loy told the ABC.

It's the latest tragedy in what's been a devastating few days for flood-hit northern NSW residents, with two women aged 36 and 64 confirmed dead and a man dying of a heart attack.

A massive clean-up operation is under way as communities pick up the pieces of ruined homes and businesses.

Lismore, Murwillumbah and Tweed Heads residents have been given the all-clear to return home after floodwaters washed through the region over the past three days.

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian and Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull visited flood-hit communities on Monday to reassure locals they'll be given support.

AAP

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