Lachlan River causing minor flooding at Jemalong

UPDATED 

Friday, January 14

The river remains at the minor flood level at Jemalong Weir after peaking at 7.35m on Thursday.

The State Emergency Service advises the river level is falling very slowly, it has fallen below the minor flood level at Cottons Weir.

Forbes Shire Council advises there is water over a number of roads including Bedgerabong Road at Little Plains; and the South Condobolin Road at 21 Mile.

Their Friday list of road impacts follows:

  • All unsealed roads are open to traffic over 4.5 tonne.
  • BOGIES ISLAND ROAD- between West Plains Rd and Lachlan Shire Boundary- CLOSED- significant pavement damage
  • PINNACLE ROAD - Open- 3 locations- water over road - with caution, signage in place
  • BEDGERABONG RD- Open- at Little Plains- water over road - with caution, signage in place
  • LACHLAN VALLEY WAY- South Condobolin Rd- at 21 Mile - Open- water over road - with caution, signage in place
  • YARRABANDAI ROAD-Corridgery/ Yarrabandai Rd intersection - Open- water over road - with caution, signage in place
  • Note also Newell Highway South at Marsden is Open but under traffic control in sections- please drive to the conditions.
BE PREPARED: The Lachlan River has risen to minor flood levels at Jemalong again, take care on the roads. Picture: File

BE PREPARED: The Lachlan River has risen to minor flood levels at Jemalong again, take care on the roads. Picture: File

The Lachlan River is at minor flood levels at Cottons Weir and Jemalong again after inches of rain in the first two weeks of January.

The SES advises the flood peak is now at Jemalong Weir, expected to reach about 7.35m at Jemalong Weir Downstream about midday Thursday.

The SES advises land owners and farmers adjacent to rivers and creeks should monitor the river levels and the weather and:

  • If necessary, relocate or secure farm machinery, irrigation pumps and other equipment.
  • Plan when to move livestock as roads may close early.
  • If necessary relocate or move livestock to higher ground.

The peak was 4.22m at Cottons Weir on Tuesday night but it is like to remain around the minor flood level of 3.5m until Thursday evening.

Wyangala Dam is at 98.5 per cent of capacity as of Thursday, with 10GL a day in releases according to NSW Water's real time water data.

For emergency help in floods and storms phone the SES on 132500. 

In life-threatening situations call triple zero (000) immediately.