Monday, March 5, 2012

Hundreds evacuated as Wagga Wagga braces for flooding - Riverina and central west regions of New South Wales

Evacuations are continuing in the Riverina and central west regions of New South Wales as flood levels continue to rise.

Around 70 per cent of the state is flooded or under threat of floods after days of heavy rain, and around 4,500 people have been moved from their homes.

In the Riverina, the State Emergency Service (SES) is preparing for possible flooding in the main part of the city of Wagga Wagga but hopes that will not eventuate.

Wagga Wagga City Council says the levee is designed to contain a peak of 11 metres and a 10.6-metre peak is predicted tomorrow.

Murrumbidgee SES controller James McTavish says more widespread evacuations could be ordered if the river goes above the expected peak.

"In Wagga itself, we're expecting at 10.6 metres to have very extensive flooding through North Wagga and surrounding areas," he said. Read More