NSW flood warnings with more heavy rain

Date: 2021-12-09 01:07:27

Wet weather is continuing around NSW, with some areas predicted to receive their monthly average rainfall before the end of the week as heavy falls add to swollen rivers.

Storms are posing a threat around the state, as they have been for most of the week and there are multiple flood warnings around NSW.

The Bureau of Meteorology has issued a severe weather warning for heavy rain which may lead to flash flooding in the South Coast towns of Eden, Bega, Bombala and Merimbula as well as parts of Snowy Mountains.

Rain is forecast to continue into Friday with heavy falls easing into Saturday morning.

There’s also a hazardous surf warning for the Batemans coast and Eden coast, with a warning to avoid rock fishing, boating and swimming.

There’s a minor to moderate flood warning for the Upper Hunter River at Scone, Muswellbrook and Denman.

Heavy rain has been recorded across the Upper Hunter and Goulburn River catchments since Wednesday afternoon and more storms are expected on Thursday.

Flows from the Goulburn River are expected to contribute to river level rises at Singleton and downstream from Friday.

Flood warnings are also current for the north and central west Inland catchments from the Namoi to the Murrumbidgee Rivers.

Renewed river level rises and flooding is possible from across the Upper Macintyre, Gwydir, Castlereagh, Peel, Macquarie and Belubula Rivers from rainfall associated with a deepening trough extending across inland NSW.

During Thursday a low pressure system will likely form along the southern and central coast with the potential to cause heavy rainfall and riverine flooding along the South Coast, Snowy and Upper Murray and Mitta Mitta Rivers.

Renewed river rises are also possible in the Lachlan, Namoi, Macquarie and Bogan Rivers where flood warnings are current..

There’s a minor to major flood warning for the Lachlan River at Condobolin, Euabalong, Hillston and Booligal as well as a moderate flood warning for the Bogan River at Mudall.

Sheep graziers in south and southeast NSW have also been warned lambs and sheep may not survive the cold temperatures, rain and southerly winds predicted on Thursday.

The State Emergency Service has hundreds of volunteers stationed around numerous flood-affected communities, responding to calls for assistance and conducting a number of flood rescues.

An SES spokesman told AAP they are “predicting that floods in western NSW will continue for a couple of months” as slow-moving floodwaters flow downstream from Queensland.

Multiple rivers across the state are still flooding, with waters expected to remain high for weeks.

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