Authorities continue to monitor record flooding in Condobolin in west central New South Wales amid warnings that isolated storms could bring flash flooding to other parts of the state.
- Major flooding in Forbes has yet to recede, with hundreds of residents evacuated
- Cleanup effort continues in Eugowra, with focus on essential services
- While not as severe as last weekend, isolated thunderstorms could pose a risk this afternoon
The NSW State Emergency Service rescued nine people and responded to more than 245 calls for help in the last 24-hour reporting period, with major flooding in nine different river systems.
A makeshift earth and sandbag levee was built in Condobolin to try to keep the flooded Lachlan River out of the central business district, with homes in low-lying areas already flooded.
The river is at 7.37m and rising, with further rises to 7.8m expected on Monday.
SES spokeswoman Andrea Cantle said floodwaters still had not receded upstream in Forbes and affected homes and businesses had been under water for days during its worst flooding in 70 years.
Most of the city remains under an evacuation order for the third time in less than a month.
“A lot of flood water is not only moving along the Lachlan River but into a lot of farmland that is flooded,” Ms Cantle said.
“A lot of communities will be isolated. It’s a little hard to tell where the floodwaters will go because it spreads out so much.”
Elsewhere, cleanup efforts continue in towns like Eugowra, where most homes and businesses were destroyed in a deadly flash flood on Monday morning. A woman has died and another person is missing.
During a visit to the disaster area on Friday, New South Wales Premier Dominic Perrottet promised to rebuild the city “in a solid way”.
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Ms Cantle said a wet weather forecast had led to a flood watch being issued for the Tumut River and the Belubula River in Canowindra.
“It’s not expected to be as bad as last weekend, but with the storms it’s unpredictable to determine exactly where and how much rain will fall,” she said.
“There is therefore always a risk of flash flooding because the catchments are full.”
There are 108 SES warnings statewide, including 23 at the emergency level.
Emergency warnings also remain in place in other parts of the state, including Moama and Cummeragunja on the Murray River.
Parts of these communities have been under evacuation orders for a month.
In the north, some villages near Bourke, Collarenenbri and Walgett were all ordered to leave more than a fortnight ago due to prolonged flooding along three different river systems.
The small town of Tilpa has been evacuated and several areas of the Riverina are under evacuation or shelter warnings due to major flooding in the Murrumbidgee River.
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