Sunday, February 12, 2012

Flood evacuation order in Walgett, New South Wales

AN evacuation order has been issued for residents of Walgett, as more than 5000 people remain isolated by floodwaters across northern New South Wales.

Power has been lost at Namoi Village at Walgett, sparking the NSW State Emergency Service (SES) to tell residents of the village to evacuate their homes by 7pm (AEDT) today.

"You can choose to go to friends or relatives," the SES said in a statement today.

"Alternatively, temporary accommodation can be arranged for you and other assistance provided."

Across Walgett, where 322 people were isolated, the river continued to rise and was predicted to peak at 13.5 metres tomorrow, the SES said.

"It is expected that over the next 48 hours, floodwater from the Namoi River will reach the Castlereagh Highway."

The towns of Grawin, Cumborah, Lightning Ridge and Collarenebri remained isolated from Walgett and moderate flooding continued further north of Walgett at Mungindi. Read More