NSW floods: Kondobolin braces for worst flood, Forbes flood waters recede

Rain and storms are expected to batter already struggling towns in west central New South Wales as some areas brace for the worst flooding in a century.

Emergency services continue to monitor record flooding in Kondobolin as the city is expected to experience its highest flooding since 1894.

Floodwaters from Forbes currently flow 85 kilometers downstream along the Lachlan River to a small town of about 3,400 residents.

NSW State Emergency Service Superintendent Ashley Sullivan said flood levels in the city were expected to “peak very soon” in the coming days at 7.8 metres, with levels currently high at 7.3 metres.

“We took a look around the city this morning and there are significant levels of preparedness,” Mr. Sullivan told the Today Show Saturday morning.

“Edams have been built, and sandbags have been placed on the property with the intention of protecting it from rising flood waters here.”

Kondobolene residents were told to evacuate before 2 p.m. on Thursday.

“There is still a lot of water” at Kondobolin, said Mr Sullivan with more expected as the water rushes downstream of the Lachlan.

SES is also urging all communities in the area to remain alert as the forecast rains could cause more potential flash floods on the already full watershed.

“While severe weather is not expected like this past weekend, storms are unpredictable in their timing and location and may cause flooding and landslides,” a statement from SES said.

“Inclement weather can destroy trees, blowing around outdoor items and take down roofs, so NSW SES advises people to prepare their property now.”

Mr. Sullivan said there was plenty of emergency services in Condobolin to prepare the community for the worst.

“We have a lot of SES in the city…we have an ADF around support, a lot of emergency response and community support in this city,” he said.

While the residents of Kondobolin were on alert, Sullivan said people in Forbes are seeing the floodwaters recede with an interest in recovery and clean-up.

Sullivan said there were 245 requests for help in the past 24 hours, nine of which were for flood rescues.

“Our safety advice is not to drive, ride and walk in flood waters at all,” he said.

“We have seen several flood rescues across Forbes and Leeton this morning of cars that went into flood waters and the occupants of that vehicle needed to be rescued.”

Residents of Eugowra continue to clean up the “water wall” that the town was hit with earlier this week.

The city of 700 people was devastated when businesses and homes were swept away by flood waters early on Monday.

Authorities are still looking for 85-year-old Ljubisa ‘Les’ Vojek who was last seen at a house in Evelyn Street, Yogora, around 9am on Monday.

There are currently 108 warnings across the state, with 23 remaining emergency level warnings.

Originally published as Condobolin NSW Central West braces for its worst flooding in over a century

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