Ongoing rain across river catchments, and flood waters travelling down the Barwon Darling River, have led to a watch and act flood warning being issued by the SES and Bureau of Meteorology for Menindee, Burtundy and Pooncarie, and with more rain to come upstream it’s a situation unlikely to change for some time.
The NSW State Emergency Service has advised people in the lower Darling that flows along the Darling River combined with flows from the Culgoa and Bogan Rivers have already caused moderate flooding at Bourke and Louth as well as major flooding at Tilpa.
The water is continuing downstream to Menindee, and low-lying areas on the Darling River may be impacted by dangerous floodwaters.
River levels at Menindee will likely remain around the moderate flood level (9.10 metres) through mid-November, says WaterNSW as the government body plans to maintain release levels through Menindee Lakes.
The SES also warn people not to enter flood water under these conditions.
The SES advises that if you have a Home and/or Business Emergency Plan, review it now. Otherwise, have a conversation and plan for what you will do and take with you if you need to evacuate.
Following is a checklist prepared by the SES for people facing flood impact to consider.
Consider the consequences of road and bridge closures and water over roads and make alternate arrangements for work, children, and travel.
Plan your route carefully to avoid flooded roads and allow extra travel time.
Obey all signs about road closures and instructions from emergency services.
Avoid storm drains and pipes, ditches, ravines and rivers.
Never drive, walk, ride through, play or swim in floodwater-it is dangerous, toxic, and may void your car insurance. If it’s flooded, forget it. Fines apply.
Share this information with family, friends, and neighbours and help others prepare where possible.
Farmers should consider moving pumps and farm equipment to higher ground.
Companion animals and livestock should be relocated to a higher ground that will not become an island.
If you are isolated and require resupply, contact NSW SES on 132 500.
Visit Central Darling Shire Council for the latest road closures – www.centraldarling.nsw.gov.au/Services/Road-conditions
Visit Wentworth Shire Council for the latest road closure – www.wentworth.nsw.gov.au/infrastructure/engineering-services/roads-and-traffic/road-condition-report/
If you are likely to be isolated due to flooding, stock up on essential items now.
A further update is due on October 12.