The NSW State Emergence Service (NSW SES) has continued to respond to prolonged flooding across southern and western NSW. Some parts of the state may be isolated until mid-January.
Ahead of the holiday season, the NSW SES is urging the public to plan their journeys before travelling. With the devastating effects of flooding being felt across much of the state, usual routes may be closed.
NSW SES Chief Superintendent Dallas Burnes said it is important people do their research before travelling, as many roads have sustained damage.
“With numerous roads cut off due to flood effects, it is essential travelers check both Livetraffic.com and local council websites before starting your journey,” he said.
Overnight, a family of three were rescued from floodwater at Hilston.
“Thankfully, a farmer who was nearby was able to assist and get their vehicle out of a 700mm deep sink hole hidden under the floodwater,” Chief Superintendent Burnes said.
Major flooding is continuing on the Lachlan River at Hilston where the river levels are slowly falling. Downstream floodwaters continue to travel into the Murray River. At Wentworth the Murray River is expected to remain at major flood levels well into January. Along the Darling River, Louth to Wilcannia remain areas of concern, with the main flood peak expected to reach Wilcannia this week.
NSW SES Chief Superintendent Dallas Burnes said it is important to always drive to the conditions of the road. “Do not drive through floodwater, turn around and find an alternate route,” he said.
There are currently 34 warnings across the state, with 1 at Emergency, 28 at Watch and Act and 5 at Advice.
For emergency help in floods and storms, call the NSW SES on 132 500. In life threatening situations, call Triple Zero (000) immediately.