To report now, and residents of the New South Wales town of Forbes won’t be able to begin the town’s cleanup effort for several days, the Bureau of Meteorology has warned, as the river peak Lachlan seems to be lingering.
The peak is expected this morning and should continue through the weekend.
“We have issued emergency warnings, along with other areas along the Lachlan River including Condobolin, Gooloogong and Cowra,” said Assistant Commissioner of State Emergency Services Sean Kearns.
“We urge communities to stay away from flooded areas, follow the advice of emergency services and evacuate immediately if asked to do so.”
Authorities are still searching for an 85-year-old man for the last time at his home in Eugowra, west of Bathurst.
In case you missed it yesterday the body of a woman – also from Eugowra – was recovered from the floodwaters.
And specialized flood rescue operators from Singapore will arrive in Sydney this morning to help deal with the crisis in the mid-west region of New South Wales.
Authorities across the state have issued 117 warnings and 23 “evacuate now” orders, including for west-central Forbes and Gooloogong, Gunnedah in the northeast and the southern border town of Moama.
The SES says it will continue to resupply isolated communities, including residents of Walgett, Lightning Ridge and Collarenebri, which cover an area roughly the size of Switzerland.
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with the AAP