Fresh flood watch

Water on Landrace Road during last week's flood peak. The BOM has issued a fresh flood watch for inland river systems with continued rainfall.

Water on Landrace Road during last week's flood peak. The BOM has issued a fresh flood watch for inland river systems with continued rainfall.

The Bureau of Meteorology has issued a fresh flood watch for inland river systems including the Lachlan as well as the Mandagery Creek and Belubula River.

The BOM forecasts a cold front will move across New South Wales from late Tuesday into early Thursday bringing with it widespread rain across most inland districts of the state.

Forbes has had 11mm of rain in the 24 hours to 9am Wednesday, following 13.8mm on Monday and 4.2mm on Sunday.

Moderate flooding continues at Forbes Iron Bridge and Cottons Weir. The river is at this stage expected to peak at 10.2m on Wednesday night.

Major flooding continues at Jemalong – the river is rising again there and expected to peak near 7.85m on Friday.

This weather system has the potential to cause prolonged and renewed flooding as well as local flash floding in the following river valleys from Wednesday onwards:

Lachlan (including Mandagery Creek and Belubula) - renewed minor to moderate flooding

Bogan - renewed minor to moderate flooding

Macquarie - renewed minor to moderate flooding

Upper Macintyre - renewed minor flooding

The Tumut River at Tumut - minor to moderate flooding

Murrumbidgee - renewed minor to moderate flooding

This Flood Watch means that people living or working along rivers and streams must monitor the latest weather forecasts and warnings and be ready to move to higher ground should flooding develop.

Flood Warnings will be issued if Minor Flood Level is expected to be exceeded at key sites along the main rivers for which the Bureau of Meteorology provides a flood warning service. Across NSW, about 70% of Flood Watches are followed by flooding.

FloodSafe advice is available at www.ses.nsw.gov.au

For emergency assistance call the SES on telephone number 132 500.

For life threatening emergencies, call 000 immediately.

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