NSW regional mayor warns residents about predicted 10-metre flood

Date: 2021-11-13 04:15:41

Major flooding is expected in the NSW Central West in the coming days, with local authorities “begging” residents to prepare their properties ahead of a predicted 10-metre flood.

The NSW Bureau of Meteorology has issued a flood warning for towns on the Lachlan River, including Forbes, Cottons Weir, Nanami and Cowra.

Aerial surveillance of flood waters over Forbes and Parkes in 2016.Credit:NSW SES

Forbes’ flooding is expected to peak on Monday at 10.55 metres, while flooding at Cottons Weir is expected to hit 6.6 metres.

Forbes Shire Mayor Phyllis Miller said the town was well-prepared thanks to sandbagging across Forbes a month ago following a scare with Wyangala Dam being so full and rain falling.

“That’s going to stand us in good stead,” she said, predicting the flood would be as bad if not worse than a record-breaking one in 2016.

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“I am begging you to prepare your properties. Please sandbag, please do not drive in floodwaters,” Ms Miller said in a video for residents.

When she spoke to the Herald, Ms Miller was en route to collect two HSC students living in areas likely to become isolated from flooding to stay in a council property so they could complete their exams in the coming weeks.

Local State Emergency Services crews in Forbes were doorknocking residents whose properties were likely to be impacted and advising them to evacuate, she said.


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