THE residents of Forbes have been ordered to evacuated immediately as the central-western NSW town braces for a major “once in a generation” flood event.
Residents have been ordered to leave their homes by 5pm this afternoon with the community expected to be inundated by floodwaters from the swollen Lachlan River.
The river is predicted to reach 10.65 metres by midday tomorrow which is the same height of the flood which devastated the town in 1990 – 26-years-ago – but forecasters warn it could get even higher.
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The current evacuation order covers areas to the town’s north, south, south-west, east and the CBD. Scroll down to view a full list of affected streets.
The town’s 7,500 residents have been warned not to delay their evacuation, with roads likely to become congested, closed or submerged and parts of the town isolated.
“You could become trapped and need rescuing,” the order reads. “Remaining in flooded areas is dangerous and may place your life at risk.”
NSW SES Deputy Commissioner Mark Morrow said it could be a week before the flood subsides, with water levels likely to exceed the predicted peak height of 10.65 metres in some places.
The country town is likely to be cut in half tomorrow.
Residents in the evacuation zones are urged to go and stay with family or friends or make other accommodation arrangements.
An evacuation centre has been set up by Community Services at Forbes High School, which is located on Wyndham Avenue.
For those who are unable to get to the school, an assembly area has been set up at the Jemalong Regional Education Centre, which is located south of Battye Street Floodway.
More than a month of heavy rainfall has resulted in unseasonal flooding right across inland NSW, with warnings in place for a total 11 river systems.
For a full list of warnings, click here.
— ABC News 24 (@ABCNews24) September 24, 2016
STREETS UNDER EVACUATION
- South West Forbes (Lake Forbes to Newell Hwy):
Elizabeth St, Farnell St, Forester St, Hilda St, Junction St, Lachlan St, Marcia St, Racecourse Rd, Show St, Thelma St, Lachlan Valley Way and Warrul Street.
- North Forbes and the CBD:
Battye St, Bedgerebong Rd, Browne St, Camp St, Clear St, Cross St, Farnell St, Farrand St, Grenfell St, Johnson St, North Circle Dr, Dowling St, Parkes Rd, Rankin St, Renfree St, Sam Street, Sherriff St, Spring St, Lower Rankin and Templar St.
Bandon St, Barwin St, Bridge St, Church St, Clark St, Ferry St, Flint St, Herbert St, Hill St, James St, Ooma St, Orange Rd, Oxford St, Rifle Range Rd, Sandhills Rd, Twogood Ln and Young St and Yellow Box Rd.
- South Forbes:
Bathurst St, Blackwood St, Cargo Ln, Church St, Claret St, College Rd, Forbes – Cowra Rd, Mole Ln, Moselle St, Muscat St, Reymond St, River Rd, Stacey St, Wambat St, and Wandary Ln.