Condobolin Flood

Flood peak at Condobolin

Water encroaches on the Showground. MB

Diggers Avenue was closed to light traffic yesterday.MB

 

The Raceground is inundated. MB

The Condobolin SES with the assistance of the Lachlan Shire Council and RFS have been busy preparing their town for the effect of a peak higher than what was seen in the 2012 floods.

The Condobolin SES and council are monitoring the situation and are prepared to implement property protection to the low lying business that may be effected. Local SES controller Keith Dawe said

“We are constantly watching the river and are ready to act if necessary when the river peaks at 6.7m today (Tuesday).”

The wet weather and flooding also resulted in the closure of the North Forbes Road with evacuation warnings sent to residents who would become potentially isolated. Other residents in low lying areas should now be prepared for possible isolation and inundation. For more information on road closures please refer to the Lachlan Shire Council website

http://www.lachlan.nsw.gov.au/.

A number of flood warnings remain current for the Lachlan River, which is expected to peak near 6.7 metres at Condobolin on Tuesday 20th August.  The peak of the flood waters will continue to move down the catchment to Euabalong where the river is then expected to peak at 6.8 metres around Friday.

NSW SES Controller for the Lachlan Region, Nichole Richardson said,” we have had great support from the local community during this event, however we have a small number of people continuing to risk their lives and the safety of NSW SES flood rescue volunteers by driving into flood waters.”

Ms Richardson continued by saying, “The dangers of driving through flood waters are not always apparent but you can’t tell the condition of the road surface under the flood water and people often under estimate the power of water. Make safe decisions. It’s not worth risking the life of yourself and your family, as well as risking the lives of the NSW SES flood rescue volunteers.”

The Condobolin council depot is open during business hours at the end of Bathurst Street for people wanting to collect sand bags to protect their property.

For more information on how to prepare for and respond to floods residents can visit the NSW SES flood website www.floodsafe.com.au.  For emergency assistance in floods and storms call NSW SES on 132 500, in life threatening situations dial triple zero.

 

Contributed by SES Operations Centre Lachlan Region

 

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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