Volunteers roll up their sleeves, preparations in full swing for flooding at Forbes | Forbes Advocate

Date: 2021-11-14 03:17:09

There’s a State Emergency Service vehicle at every turn and a line of Rural Fire Service vehicles and volunteers ready to go.

The queue for sandbags stretches from the SES depot down School Road and community members have rolled up their sleeves alongside SES volunteers to fill them.

It’s estimated more than 10,000 sandbags have been filled and distributed.

If you need sandbags, please attend the depot on the corner of School Road and Farnell Street or phone 132500 to request assistance.

The Eugowra Road (Escort Way) has now been closed, and local advice is that there is water over Bedgerabong Road.

ROAD CLOSED: The Escort Way from Forbes to Eugowra has closed with water over the road at Southern Cross or the 12 mile. Picture: Craig Dwyer

ROAD CLOSED: The Escort Way from Forbes to Eugowra has closed with water over the road at Southern Cross or the 12 mile. Picture: Craig Dwyer

The Cowra road (Lachlan Valley Way) will be next impacted at various locations, and numerous local roads will be cut as flood waters rise.

Doorknocking of homes likely to be impacted was beginning on Sunday when the Advocate dropped into the emergency centre for an update.

At this stage, the teams are advising residents of the impending impacts and gathering data on their plans, local SES controller Roc Walshaw says.

“More than 100” homes are impacted at this stage, but those numbers will firm up as the flood situation develops.

Lachlan SES is also encouraging people through their social media pages to make their plans if they are in low-lying or flood impacted areas, relocating animals and possession and planning for evacuation if needed, or to be cut off.

They’re asking people to consider whether they can relocate to friends and family.

Once a formal evacuation order is issued the community evacuation centre will be at St Andrew’s Church Harold Street, Forbes (next to the council chambers).

In the Sunday afternoon Flood Bulletin, the Lachlan River has peaked at Cowra with moderate flooding.

The flood height predictions for Forbes and Jemalong will not be made until the peak is observed at Nanami but that peak is expected to arrive in Forbes Tuesday morning and at Jemalong during Wednesday.

WATER ON THE WAY: Craig Dwyer captured this image of Jemalong Weir on Sunday with the Lachlan River at minor flood levels. The flood peak is expected to cause major flooding mid-week. Picture: Craig Dwyer

WATER ON THE WAY: Craig Dwyer captured this image of Jemalong Weir on Sunday with the Lachlan River at minor flood levels. The flood peak is expected to cause major flooding mid-week. Picture: Craig Dwyer

Lachlan SES advises communities downstream of Forbes including at Cottons Weir, Jemalong and to Condobolin should begin re-stocking food, medicines and other critical supplies ahead of the forecast major flooding.

Red Bend Catholic College has advised the school community through its Facebook page that it will close from Monday morning, with students advised to check email and / or SchoolStream for more information.

Road closures

While the Advocate will endeavour to keep information up to date, these

As of 4pm Sunday

PINNACLE ROAD – CLOSED water over the road

ESCORT WAY – CLOSED between Eugowra and Forbes

HENRY LAWSON WAY – water over the road reduced speed zones in place

NEW GRENFELL ROAD – water over the road reduced speed zones in place

BUNDABURRAH CROSSING (Show St/Farnell St) – water over the road reduced speed zones in place

BOXFIELD ROAD – water over the road reduced speed zones in place




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