Rain Hammer Flood Concerns as Australia


Hunter Valley has become a major concern as floods continue throughout New South Wales, SES Deputy Director Dean Story said.

State emergency service volunteers have provided 20 dozen flood rescues since lunch on Friday, responding to approximately 600 requests for assistance throughout New South Wales.

Dean Storey, SES Assistant Commissioner, said he was busy 24 hours a day throughout the state, especially the Upper Hunters.

“That continues to be our focus today,” he told ABCTV on Saturday morning.

“Scones and Muswellbrook have been affected by the floods over the last 24 hours and are still affected to some extent, with the focus shifting downstream.”

Floods are occurring in the singleton on Saturday evening and in Maitland on Sunday, Stories said.

However, the situation throughout the state remains volatile, with numerous surveillance and warnings active after a month of heavy rain.

Key concerns include along the Namoi River in Gunnedah in the northeastern part of the state and the Castleley River around Molong in the central western part.

“This is a very high flood risk for the entire state at this point,” Story said.

“We encourage all communities and flood-prone areas to be aware of risks, monitor local conditions and follow advice.”

Sydney’s Warragambadam is expected to spill on Friday evening, with peak overflows increasing to a rate of 100 gigaliters per day by Saturday morning.

The Meteorological Department said that some parts of the state were hit by more than 100 millimeters of rain on Friday. The downpour could be mitigated over the weekend, but the risk of flooding continues.

Massive flood warnings have been issued on the Peel and Ganeder, Boggabri, Narabri, Wewer, Bugilborn and Namoi rivers in Goangla in Tamworth.

Wewer could be blocked for more than a week due to the flood while an RFS helicopter was called to rescue a man trapped in the roof of a car in the Karuna flood on the Liverpool Plains on Friday.

The story said it was a good time to get off the road.

The Oxley Highway is closed in both directions between Carol and Gunnedah, and the Kamilaroi Highway is closed between Curlewis and Breeza.

In Muswellbrook, the New England Highway is closed in both directions.

AAP

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