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Flood Update Monday 930am

31 May 2010, 9:14AM AET


Following heavy rain on the South Coast, the Bureau of Meteorology has issued a flood warning for the Bega River: FLOOD WARNING BEGA RIVER

The Bureau has predicted that the Bega River will peak around 5.1 metres this morning with minor flooding. Rain in the area is easing as an intense low moves off the NSW coast and weakens.

At the predicted height minor rural flooding will occur. Rural property owners have been advised to lift pumps and move livestock and equipment to higher ground.

A flood warning has also been issued for the Snowy River. The Bombala River peaked near the moderate flood level of 5 metres overnight and is now falling. FLOOD WARNING SNOWY RIVER 

This flooding will cause inundation of farmland and local landholders have been advised to move at risk assets such as pumps, equipment and livestock to higher ground.

An Amber Alert was issued on Sunday evening for Cochrane Dam on the Bemboka/Bega River. This alert is still current as of 9am Monday. The SES doorknocked seven property owners downstream of the dam on Sunday evening to advise them of the alert. There are no evacuations required.

The SES recommends that you never drive, ride or walk through floodwater as it can be deeper or faster flowing than it looks and contain hidden snags and debris.

FloodSafe information is available on the SES website: FLOOD SAFETY INFORMATION

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