Hundreds call for help in Wagga as storm creates severe wind damage and flooding | The Daily Advertiser

Date: 2022-01-05 23:00:08

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The SES received more than 200 calls for help across the Riverina as heavy rain and wind gusts hit the region on Wednesday evening. Almost 8000 homes and businesses lost power after a storm hit Wagga with heavy wind and rain just before 6pm. A NSW SES spokesperson said on Thursday that the emergency response service received 212 calls for help across the Riverina on Wednesday night. “We had 173 requests for help in Wagga because of the storm,” the spokesperson said. “The SES has been out responding to a number of calls and they are going out again [on Thursday] to finish off the rest. We have seen a few more call come in [on Thursday] morning. “A lot of it was trees down on roads, buildings and fence lines as well as damage to roofs.” The SES also received four requests for assistance in Temora, three in Culcairn, three at The Rock, two at Coolamon, two at West Wyalong one at Leeton. Bureau of Meteorology engagement officer Morgan Pumpa said an inland trough low pressure weather system and La Nina had contributed to the creating the storm. “Wagga last night had 20 millimetres and Albury got up to 69.6 millimetres, which was the highest in the Riverina. “Wagga saw winds of 54 kilometres per hours so we did see strong winds into the severe winds category in Wagga.” “We are going to see more storms [On Thursday] … we have got a high pressure system over the Tasman that is brining moisture over the ranges and into areas like Wagga.” Transport for NSW was advised that local roads in the Temora Council area may be closed due to flooding or affected by recent adverse weather. Drivers are also urged to take caution around a truck that has also broken down at Gidginbung on Goldfields Way near Slingers Lane about 14 kilometres north of Temora. In other news Wagga and parts of the Riverina and South West Slopes were still under a severe thunderstorm warning for heavy rainfall as of Thursday morning. “Tropical moisture extending south from the Coral Sea will combine with an upper trough to produce severe thunderstorm activity on Thursday,” the warning stated. “Severe thunderstorms are likely to produce heavy rainfall that may lead to flash flooding in the warning area over the next several hours. “Locations which may be affected include Cooma, Wagga, Young, Griffith, Narrandera and Darlington Point.” The SES has advised that people should: Our journalists work hard to provide local, up-to-date news to the community. This is how you can continue to access our trusted content:

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