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Stay out of flood water: SES

Walls Creek Road, at Goobarragandra, Tumut.
Walls Creek Road, at Goobarragandra, near Tumut.

Water from the Gilmore Creek, which has broken its banks, continues to spread around the flats surrounding Tumut. The creek had a flow of 10,704 megalitres at the last recording at 11am and was 3.82m high.

SES Local Incident Controller Barry Brunsdon said the Gilmore Creek was the major focus of the emergency authority at the moment, though any flooding issues had been minor.

One family at Willow Bend, which sits adjacent to the Gilmore Creek on the Snowy Mountains Highway, have voluntarily left their residence.

The Gilmore Creek’s heavy flows into the Tumut River are causing a backwashing affect, as occurred in the 2010 flood, producing some minor flooding at the Tumut Riverglade Caravan Park.

Some caravans have been moved from the low lying areas of the park, and the SES is monitoring the situation closely.

The Tumut River was flowing at 9,727 megalitres and was 1.42m high and rising at the Tumut gauge at 11am. The minor flood level of the Tumut River is 2m.

The Goobarragandra River had just started to flow over the Little River Bridge and was flowing at 8213 megalitres. While there is some water across the road at Tumut Plains, near the Malone dairy, inundation on the Tumut Plains and Lacmalac was only minor.

Further upstream on the Goobarragandra, Walls Creek Road had been shut-off by the river.

Mr Brunsdon urged drivers to not drive through flood water.

“The velocity of flood water is far greater around Tumut than it is when flooding occurs further downstream,” Mr Brunsdon said. “There is a genuine risk of people being washed away, as well as the other issues of erosion of roads.

“Stay out of flood water.”

The Gilmore Creek has burst its banks.
The Gilmore Creek has burst its banks.