A flood watch has been issued for the Tumut River ahead of expected thunderstorms and rain later in the week.
The SES issued the flood watch for minor to moderate flooding along the Tumut River.
The SES said a cold front from the Southern Ocean will approach the state at the end of the week, and interacting with warm, humid air, would generate widespread rain with embedded thunderstorms.
Southern and central districts of New South Wales are forecast to receive the most rain, with some areas likely to receive heavy to very heavy rainfall during Friday and Saturday.
The catchment is wet following rainfall in the last two weeks. Tumut has received more than 100mm during November.
The weather system has the potential to cause minor to moderate riverine flooding as well as local flooding from Friday onwards.
The Tumut River, Goodbradigbee River, Gilmore Creek, Adelong Creek, Goobarragandra River (Little River) and all creeks and watercourses are likely to fast moving and should be avoided, the SES advised.
The Tumut region last experienced flooding in October of last year.
Rural property owners living or working along the Tumut River or its tributaries should closely monitor rainfall, weather forecasts and warnings and be ready to move livestock and equipment to higher ground if minor or greater flooding of low-lying areas appears imminent. You can find more information about rainfall and river heights from the Bureau of Meteorology website at www.bom.gov.au.
Impacts may include:
- River levels may reach the tops of banks or flow over into low lying areas
- Local roads may be closed and low bridges may be underwater
- Caravan parks and camping areas may be flooded
- The SES advised that:
- Farmers should move machinery and livestock to higher ground
- Check emergency plans and locate emergency kits
- Tune in to your emergency broadcasters: ABC local radio, commercial radio and Sounds of the Mountain radio station.
- Floodwater is dangerous – never drive, walk or ride through floodwater
- Floodwater is toxic – never play or swim in floodwater
- Residents should call 000 for life threatening emergencies and 132 500 for flood and storm assistance.
Further information can be found at the NSW SES website: www.ses.nsw.gov.au
FloodSafe website: www.floodsafe.com.au
Bureau of Meteorology weather forecasts and flood predictions including river height information are available at www.bom.gov.au