Floods affect access to Wee Waa
18 July 2012, 4:26PM AET
Floodwater continues to affect parts of New South Wales with the town of Wee Waa in the state's north-west expecting minor to moderate flooding. All access roads to the town are expected to be covered by water over the next 24 hours and they may close. The NSW SES is closely monitoring the situation and residents are being encouraged to check with their local council and livetraffic.com for information on road closures. The SES is urging people not to drive, ride or walk through floodwater as this is the leading cause of death during floods.
The Bureau of Meteorology has predicetd a height of near 6.4 metres on the Namoi River at Wee Waa at around midnight tonight. Water is expected to flow over the Kamiliroi Highway between Wee Waa and Narrabri and the road may close depending on the depth of the water. However, these conditions are only expected to last for 24 hours. Some short-term rural property isolation in the surrounding area is possible but residents should have enough essential supplies to last for this short period of time.
In south-western NSW, spills from the Hume Dam, coupled with inflows from tributaries are expected to cause minor to moderate flooding along parts of the Lower Murray and Edwards Rivers. Flooding in these parts is expected to be limited to rural and forest areas with no property inundation expected.
Residents in the flood-affected areas are being encouraged to keep up to date with the latest FloodSafe advice. The SES is also advising people travelling around these areas to use alternative routes.
For emergency help in a flood or storm call the SES on 132 500. Dial triple zero (000) in life threatening situations.