SES issues flood evacuation warning: impacted areas listed

The NSW SES is advising Forbes residents along the Lachlan River to prepare to evacuate within the next 30 hours.

As a result of the flood level predicted by the Bureau of Meteorology for the Lachlan River at Forbes, with possible major flooding (10.55m) on Tuesday and (10.65m) Wednesday morning, similar to the September 2016 flood event, residents within the areas listed below should prepare to evacuate.

Residents should monitor the situation and be prepared to evacuate when instructed to do so.

ROAD CLOSED: Craig Dwyer sent the drone up to capture the Escort Way - from Forbes to Eugowra - going under water on Sunday. Picture: Craig Dwyer

ROAD CLOSED: Craig Dwyer sent the drone up to capture the Escort Way - from Forbes to Eugowra - going under water on Sunday. Picture: Craig Dwyer

NSW SES expects that some properties in the following areas may become flood affected:

  • South of Bathurst Street: River Road, Church Street, College Road, Wambat Street, Stacey Street, Stokes Street, Reymond Street, Lachlan Valley Way, Koala Place, Wandary Lane, Muscat Street, and Claret Street
  • East of Ooma Street/Ferry Street: Blackwood Lane, Lower Bathurst Street, Cargo Lane, Ferry Street, Bathurst Street, Riflerange Road, The Escort Way, Twogood Lane, and Ooma Street
  • Between Lake Forbes and Ooma Street: Herbert Street, Hill Street, Clarke Street, Bridge Street, Bandon Street, Ferry Street, Flint Street, and Barwin Street
  • North Forbes and the CBD: Lachlan Street, Sherriff Street, Templar Street, Sir Frances Forbes Drive, Cross Street, Camp Street, Browne Street, Spring Street, Rankin Street, Lawler Street, Riley Street, Lower Rankin Street, and Clear Street
  • North East of Forbes Railway: Landacre Road, Jones Street, Sam Street (southern end of Doc Street), and Parkes Road
  • North of Newell Highway: Farrand Street, Press Street, Dowling Lane, Renfree Street, Farnell Street (southern end), Bedgerabong Road, Windsor Street, and Clarence Street
  • West Forbes (West of Wambat Street): Wambat Street, Berkley Street, Bathurst Street, Warrul Road, Newell Highway, River Road, Show Street, Marcia Street, Elizabeth Street, Linda Street, Thelma Street, Hilda Street, Forrester Street, Junction Street, Marcia Street, Racecourse Road, Lynette Street, Young Street, Margaret Street, Oxford Street, and Mona Street

Residents should monitor the situation and be prepared to evacuate when instructed to do so.

A flood evacuation order will be issued by the NSW SES if evacuation is required.

If evacuation is required - wherever possible, people should go and stay with family or friends, or make other accommodation arrangements.

If you are unable to, a walk-through evacuation centre will be set up at St Andrews Presbyterian Church, 11 Harold Street, Forbes from 10am to 6pm commencing Monday, November 15.

What you need to do

Prepare your property, help avoid damage to your belongings:

  • Place electrical and important belongings on tables, beds, benches and shelves above predicted flood levels. You may be able to place some light-weight items in the roof space.
  • Request sandbags by calling 132 500 and place them around doorways and in toilets and over drains to prevent rising water and sewage.
  • Be ready to evacuate so you can leave quickly and safely if flooding gets worse:
  • Have your mobile close and pack your car with your charger, medicines, rain gear, warm clothes, blankets, baby necessities, water, food, a torch, something to attract attention, and valuables like photos and important records. Dress in warm clothes and strong shoes.
  • Decide whether you will go to the home of family or friends who are in a safe location away from present and potential flooding or if you will go to a nearby evacuation centre.
  • Prepare supplies for your pets now. Take your pets with you as you evacuate.
  • Stay safe, you can help prevent injury or drowning:
  • Avoid storm drains and pipes, ditches, ravines and rivers. Never drive, walk, ride through, play or swim in floodwater-it is dangerous, toxic and can flow fast. If it's flooded, forget it.
  • Obey all signs about road closures and instructions from emergency services.
  • Lift personal possessions and important items above the predicted flood height of 10.6m
  • Take pets, essential items, warm clothes, medicines, insurance documents and valuables with you.
  • Leave as early as possible to avoid restricted road access.
  • Place electrical and important belongings on tables, beds, benches and shelves above predicted flood levels. You may be able to place some light-weight items in the roof space.
  • Collect or create sandbags by filling pillowcases or plastic shopping bags with sand. Place them around doorways and in toilets and over drains to prevent sewerage backflow
  • Share this information with family, friends and neighbours and help others where possible.

Farmers and businesses are encouraged to:

  • Move pumps, animals, and equipment to higher ground before roads close and organise for sufficient stock feed and water for your animals.
  • Move poisons, waste and chemicals to high storage locations.
  • Gather important business documents and records and keep them with you.
  • Make arrangements to move to safety:
  • Work out where you and your family could safely evacuate to. Make arrangements to go to the home of family or friends who are in a safe location away from present and potential flooding. Check if you can bring your pets with you.
  • Avoid storm drains and pipes, ditches, creeks and rivers. Never drive, walk, ride through, play or swim in floodwater-it is dangerous and toxic. If it's flooded, forget it.

Schools and students are encouraged to:

  • Contact one another to clarify changes in attendance or closures.

The elderly, children, and people who need support:

  • Carers: contact then arrange for those in your care to move to a safer place
  • Medical Facilities: ensure your staff and residents move to a safer place

Health and safety, for your safety and those around you:

  • NSW SES and other supporting emergency services and agencies will be practicing COVID safety measures
  • If you have to evacuate, take a 'grab bag'/emergency backpack. You should also include disposable tissues, alcohol-based hand sanitiser, disinfectant wipes, and face masks for each person to protect yourself and others from COVID-19.
  • Under COVID-19 restrictions, if you are given advice to leave early or evacuate, the best option is to stay with friends or family in a safe location.

For emergency help in floods and storms, call the NSW State Emergency Service on 132 500. In life threatening situations call triple zero (000) immediately.

Road closures

Flooding is impacting local roads and the situation can change quickly, check before you travel: