River is rising

The Lachlan River is bursting its banks-the peak is expected by the 16th September. MB

Kenny Sloane from Condobolin High School helps fill sandbags. MB

The Condobolin Weir disappears under the rising river. MB

The river is close to breaking its banks along Lachlan Street.MB

By Melissa Blewitt

A flood is moving through the Lachlan River, with moderate flooding expected in the Condobolin area.

The Bureau of Meterology (BOM) currently predicts the peak to reach near 6.4m at Condobolin around Friday, 16 September with moderate flooding. For comparison, the river at Condobolin peaked at 6.67m in March 2012. Condobolin gauge was 6.27m at 7:30am on Tuesday, 13 September and rising slowly with only 40mm rise since Monday  (12 September) morning.

Another smaller peak is still heading towards Forbes, so Condobolin will most likely see that a week later.

In anticipation of rising water levels, the Condobolin SES requires urgent help with sandbagging. Sandbagging is taking place between the Lachlan Shire Council Depot (end of Bathurst Street) and the Truck/Equipment Yard. If you can lend a hand, go to the Depot or contact Judy Price on 0427 953 170. Some 6,000 sandbags have already been prepared (some already distributed and in place). The SES would like to have at least another 7,000 completed to form a sandbag stockpile.

BOM is still expecting 6.7m around 21 September at Euabalong with moderate flooding – this will be reviewed when Condobolin peaks. Land holders near the river may lose access in some areas – consider moving pumps and stock. If access will be affected and unable to remain in place, please consider moving out to a higher location.

Several roads are impacted by flooding. Lachlan Shire Council provides daily or twice daily updates of road conditions on their website http://www.lachlan.nsw.gov.au/.

Significant road impacts include:

  • SR85 North Forbes Road is closed toward Shire boundary, deep water over road. Not expecting impacts on houses with the current height prediction.
  • MR377 Lachlan Valley Way, Condobolin to Forbes, is closed in Forbes Shire, with water over the road. Current access Condobolin to Forbes is via Bogan Gate or Parkes but conditions may change. See Forbes Shire or RMS live traffic website.
  • MR7521 Kiacatoo Road west of Condobolin is open with caution, with water rising over the road, and is closed at 4km west of Kiacatoo Hall due to flooding and road damage. For Euabalong detour at Kiacatoo hall via the bridge and Lachlan Valley Way (river road).
  • The southern access to the new Farm Chapel Christ the King at Bolo for this weekend’s function is muddy and the recommended alternate access is via SR230 Lachlan Valley Way (river road) and SR409 Delladale Lane west of bridge.

There are also two minor floods passing slowly through Humbug Creek between Girral and Condobolin. This is affecting a few local roads south of Condobolin.

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