Lachlan river on flood watch | volunteers needed to help fill sandbags

High river levels at the Iron Bridge | file photo.

High river levels at the Iron Bridge | file photo.

UPDATE SATURDAY 7AM: The Bureau is now anticipating moderate flood levels at the Iron Bridge a little later – about 4am Sunday.

The Bureau updated its advice at 2am Saturday, predicting Forbes Iron Bridge would exceed minor flood level (8.8m) about midnight Saturday and moderate flood level (9.5m) about 4am Sunday. As an indication, water levels at the Iron Bridge exceeded 10.5m in the 2012 flooding. 

Cottons Weir is expected to exceed minor flood levels (3.5m) about midday Saturday.

Further rises are possible.

Downstream levels will be predicted once the upstream peaks have been observed.

Mayor Phyllis Miller says plans and procedures are in place for flooding.

“While there is a prediction of a moderate flood over the weekend there is no cause for panic,” she said.

“The most important message we are telling the community is not to drive, ride or walk through flood waters.”

Bundburrah Crossing (Farnell / Show streets) has been closed to traffic with access to B Doubles only.

Mayor Miller added that people should only travel as necessary on the weekend.

UPDATE FRIDAY 1PM: The Lachlan River is expected to exceed minor flood levels at the Iron Bridge by Saturday afternoon and reach moderate flood levels (9.5m) by Saturday night.

Moderate flood levels are expected at Cottons Weir early Sunday morning.

The Bureau of Meteorology advises that up to 44mm of rain has fallen and more is forecast for the next 24 hours.

This rain, couple of with floodwaters from the Belubula and other tributaries, has the potential to cause moderate flooding in Forbes. 

The Mandagery Creek at Eugowra is expected to reach 8.8m Saturday morning with further rises possible.

FRIDAY MORNING: Volunteers are needed to help fill sandbags this Saturday and Sunday.

The Bureau of Meteorology has issued a flood watch for moderate to major flooding on the Lachlan River, in light of rainfall.

The Bureau of advises the weather system is forecast to bring widespread rain, with 10mm recorded in Forbes to 9am this morning and more falling.

There was a 90 per cent chance of 20-40mm expected today.

Volunteers are needed to help fill sandbags from 10am to 3pm at Forbes SES unit, on the corner of School Road and Farnell Street in Forbes. 

No need to register, just turn up between those hours Saturday and / or Sunday.

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