Riverina rivers tipped to flood for second time in two weeks

NSW: THE state’s Riverina region is again on flood watch for the second time in as many weeks after a month’s worth of rainfall fell on the area overnight.

The Bureau of Meteorology says an average of 40 millimetres of rain fell in the Tumut and Murrumbidgee valley’s during the past 24 hours to 8am this morning.

Wagga Wagga recorded its average monthly rainfall for September overnight, with 48 millimetres falling on the city.


As a result, a minor flood warning is current for the Murrumbidgee River system, with minor flooding likely again in Gundagai and Wagga this weekend.

Minor flooding is still occurring downstream at Narrandera following last week’s rain event.

The two-week deluge has caused flooding chaos right across the Riverina.

Last night, SES volunteers were forced to rescue a man who became trapped in floodwaters at Cootamundra, while a motorist had to be rescued when his vehicle became submerged on a flooded road in Temora.

Meanwhile in Wagga, rescuers had to pluck a man to safety after his car got stuck in rising water on Copland Street, in the city’s east.

Thankfully, the rainfall is forecast to ease during the day.

  • FloodSafe advice is available at www.ses.nsw.gov.au
  • For emergency assistance call the SES on telephone number 132 500.
  • For life threatening emergencies, call 000 immediately.
  • For the latest weather forecast see www.bom.gov.au/nsw/forecasts/