Water still rising, Iron Bridge at moderate flood level of 10.355m Wednesday morning

The Lachlan River has risen to 10.35m overnight, with predictions that it would reach the major flood level in that period and peak today.

The major flood level at the Iron Bridge is 10.55m and it's still short of that at this stage, but The Advocate will share this morning's flood bulletin when published with updated predictions.

MEDIA IN TOWN: All eyes on the water level at the Forbes Iron Bridge on Tuesday. Picture: Jenny Kingham

MEDIA IN TOWN: All eyes on the water level at the Forbes Iron Bridge on Tuesday. Picture: Jenny Kingham

The roads from Forbes to Eugowra (Escort Way), Cowra (Lachlan Valley Way), Grenfell (Henry Lawson Way) and Bedgerabong (Bedgerabong Road) have already closed with water and local roads are impacted as well.

Forbes has been humming with emergency service personnel and volunteers here to help, and community members have turned up to the local SES depot in numbers to help fill sandbags.

But Forbes Mayor Phyllis Miller described the progress of the water as "like a snail's pace" on Tuesday and it feels like that for some of those waiting to see which way the water goes when it reaches town.

River levels on Wednesday morning:

  • Forbes Iron Bridge: 10.35 with moderate flooding at 6.30am
  • Forbes Cottons Weir: 6.36 with moderate flooding at 6.30am
  • Downstream of Jemalong Weir: 7.47m with moderate flooding at 5.45am