Flooding continues to batter Australia’s New South Wales

In a statement released on Tuesday, the Australian Bureau of Meteorology said Forbes, a town in the state’s central west region, has received a major flood warning for the Lachlan River, as the river may reach around 10.8 meters in the afternoon, with levels similar to the June 1952 flood. Major warnings are also issued in parts of the Macquarie River, the Belubula…

SYDNEY, Nov. 15 (Xinhua) — Though heavy rain has eased across New South Wales (NSW) after a weekend of storms and flash flooding, the Australian weather authority warned that major flooding continues in the state, particularly around the central west.

In a statement released on Tuesday, the Australian Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) said Forbes, a town in the state’s central west region, has received a major flood warning for the Lachlan River, as the river may reach around 10.8 meters in the afternoon, with levels similar to the June 1952 flood.

Major warnings are also issued in parts of the Macquarie River, the Belubula River and the Mandagery Creek, while the authority noted that future rises are still possible.

Meanwhile, the NSW State Emergency Service (SES) said it has been working with the Forbes community to assist with evacuations for the second time in two weeks.

“Yesterday, NSW SES members and interagency partners conducted 150 flood rescues at Eugowra after the Mandagery Creek doubled in height on Sunday night,” said the agency, adding that planning is underway for deploying more international resources to assist flood response and recovery in the central west.

The NSW government also urged motorists to reconsider all travel as floods have wreaked havoc on roads in regional NSW.

NSW Minister for Regional Transport and Roads Sam Farraway said heavy storms on Sunday and Monday morning brought falls of 120 mm of rain from the Blue Mountains to the Far West, causing significant damage to roads, bridges and transport infrastructure.

“Many people and communities are being evacuated and the extent of the damage cannot yet be safely assessed, so for now we are asking all motorists to reconsider the need to travel to flood-affected areas,” Farraway said.

According to BOM’s forecast, showers and thunderstorms will return to the southeast and eastern Australia through Saturday and into Sunday, which may cause further flooding across already saturated catchments. Enditem

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