Roads Closed

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

 

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