Emergency Services

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

 

Three houses destroyed by fire

Three house fires in and around Condobolin in just two weeks have the police and fire brigade urging residents to be more vigilant with heaters, fireplaces and clothes dryers.

• The local fire brigade battling to put out the blaze at 11 McGregor Street in Condobolin last Thursday morning. SC

By Lara Pearce and Scott Chamney

Three house fires in and around Condobolin in just two weeks have the police and fire brigade urging residents to be more vigilant with heaters, fireplaces and clothes dryers.

No one has been injured in any of the blazes, but three houses have been burnt to the ground, causing hundreds of thousands of dollars in damage – and the loss of lifetimes of possessions.

Last Thursday 24 July, a house in McGregor Street was burnt to the ground. It was just before 11am that neighbours were alerted to the blaze, which started inside a family home on McGregor Street. Neighbours called emergency services and confirmed that the occupants were unscathed.

Police Sergeant Peter Gibson commended the neighbours for their efforts. “They did what they could with hoses while waiting for fire crews to attend,” he said.

The fire brigade, ambulance and police arrived at the scene and, with the help of the neighbours, located street hydrants and set to work putting out the blaze.

A week earlier, an occupied Department of Housing house was burnt to the ground at 3am on Friday morning. No one was in the building at the time, but the house is unsalvageable, having already been damaged in another blaze only four days earlier.

It is uncertain at present how either of these fires started.

Just the day before on Thursday 17 July, another house on Waitohi Lane on the outskirts of Condobolin was completely destroyed.

The owners of the house called triple ‘0’ that evening, alerting emergency services to the fire.

It is believed that the fireplace may have started the blaze but this is yet to be confirmed.

At each of these incidents, a large crowd has driven up and gathered at the site of the fire. Local police and the fire brigade are warning the community to stay clear to enable clear access for emergency services.

“They may know the person or persons whose house is involved and think that they are helping, but we also know that person and we can help,” said Fire Captain Michael Malouf. “Please be careful and aware of the situation.”

Sergeant Peter Gibson attended the McGregor Street blaze and said that major problems were created by parked cars. “Large fire trucks need plenty of room to access a fire and connect to hydrants,” he said. “When asked to move on by police some people became quite indignant.”

“This behaviour could cause injury or death to persons at the scene. Police ask that the public stay clear of these incidents, not only for their own safety but for the safety and wellbeing of possible victims at the scene.”

He also warned that any house built before 1975 – including the one at 19 Hughes Street – could unleash asbestos on onlookers, posing a serious health risk.

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