Widespread rain across Orange triggers flood warnings across Central West | Central Western Daily

Date: 2021-09-05 01:07:30

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Orange’s incredibly wet 2021 continues to put an even greater dampener on lockdown, with over 40mm of rain recorded to 9am on Father’s Day. There were steady falls throughout the day with around 12mm recorded to 7pm on Saturday, before the heavens opened and another 25mm was added to that total to midnight. The moderate rainfalls stemmed from a strong cold front that swept across the state on the weekend, triggering minor to major riverine flooding in central west catchments. Catchments in central west are saturated following the passage of previous frontal systems, and the region’s rainfall total for 2021 is rocketing towards the 1000mm mark. After Saturday’s falls, we’re at 972mm for the year. Some of the flood warnings included Orange, with the NSW SES reporting minor to moderate flooding for Orange, Molong and Bell River. The same warning is in place for the Macquarie River to Bathurst, while the Belubula River has a moderate to major flooding warning. These warnings are expected to continue into Monday. Dams across the region are spilling, too, with releases at Wyangala continuing while Orange’s Suma Park catchment is at 100 per cent. Sunday’s return to winter will likely be brief, with spring-like conditions expected for the bulk of next week, with tops of 17 degrees Celsius on the radar on Friday and Saturday. 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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