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SES keeps an eye on peaking Darling

By Paula Doran

The State Emergency Service (SES) continues to keep a close eye on the Darling River as floodwaters continue to flow and rise across our region.

Continued wet conditions caused by the high rainfall have created three separate flood peaks, currently travelling through varied parts of the system.

NSW SES Spokesman, David Rankine, said while no properties from Tilpa to Wentworth had been evacuated in recent weeks, there had been quite a lot of resupply work, courtesy of helicopters contracted by the SES.

“We’re at the point where the bulk of roads in the Central Darling Shire are now cut-off, and some of them have been cut off for quite a large part of the year,” Mr Rankine said.

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“These people have been isolated not for days, but for months.

Most station owners are switched on, are well prepared and very resilient in conditions like this.

With the escalated flood levels, we are making sure they have plenty of supplies, and at the top of the catchment around Bourke we’ve been assisting with fodder drops for stock.”

Mr Rankine said the SES would continue to monitor the impact of flooding and higher in-flows in the coming months, with continued air surveillance and communication with the pastoral communities most heavily impacted.

PICTURES: Air surveillance – images of the flooded Darling and Menindee Lakes system taken by SES volunteer Darren Larkin last weekend (Oct 15).

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