Floods recede, reveal devastation

Local farmer Brad Shephard has been capturing the floods from the air ... now he's captured these images of what they've left behind.

Local farmer Brad Shephard has been capturing the floods from the air ... now he's captured these images of what they've left behind.

Flood waters are slowly, slowly receding, but they are leaving a trail of devastation in their wake. 

So far, the Local Land Services has received more than 120 reports of losses, equating to more than 27,000 hectares, or just under 6 per cent, of farming land affected in the Forbes local government area.

There have also been some reports of stock losses.

However, this may not be the full extent of the 2016 flood – and LLS incident controller Craig Ridley has urged farmers to ensure they report losses, even if they are not planning on claiming relief funding. 

“The more reports that are made, the more information we can send to the minister, and the chances are greater of relief being available in the future,” he said.

He added that there was no need to wait until the waters had fully receded to make the report, information can be amended. 

To report agricultural damage or losses, contact LLS on 1300 795 299 or email emergency.centralwest@lls.nsw.gov.au

Lake Cowal farmer Brad Shephard has been documenting the floods - and the damage they've left behind - from the air.

Lake Cowal farmer Brad Shephard has been documenting the floods - and the damage they've left behind - from the air.

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