Macquarie River rises again with residents told to prepare for floods

UP SHE RISES: The Macquarie River might have been rushing against the bottom of the low level bridge on Hereford Street on Monday, but no roads were closed in the Bathurst region. Photo: NADINE MORTON 091916nmrain

UP SHE RISES: The Macquarie River might have been rushing against the bottom of the low level bridge on Hereford Street on Monday, but no roads were closed in the Bathurst region. Photo: NADINE MORTON 091916nmrain

PERTHVILLE and Georges Plains residents braced themselves for the fourth flood in just two months as the Queen Charlotte's Vale Creek rose again.

From 5.30am until 10.30pm on Sunday, 21.4 millimetres of rain was recorded by the Bureau of Meteorology at Bathurst Airport.

Well above average rain during winter has left Perthville and Georges Plains residents on high alert with sodden grounds causing the rain to flow straight into the waterway.

Late Sunday night, Bathurst’s State Emergency Service volunteers (SES) doorknocked a number of properties in Perthville to let residents know about the rising water.

“There are a few residents who are fairly close to the water and they’ve [their homes] flooded in the last few months,” Bathurst SES deputy controller Beth Moore said.

At the same time, Perthville Rural Fire Brigade members were called to help sandbag one home in Georges Plains.

There are a few residents who are fairly close to the water and they’ve [their homes] flooded in the last few months. - Bathurst SES deputy controller Beth Moore

A minor flood warning was issued early Monday morning with residents in Perthville and Georges Plains warned low-level flooding was likely.

“Up to 33 millimetres of rain has fallen since 9am yesterday [Sunday] in the catchment of the Macquarie River,” SES incident cotroller Craig Ronan said.

The Macquarie River was initially predicted to peak at 3.4 metres, however a revised peak of 2.9m was announced by the SES late Monday afternoon.

By 4pm on Monday Ms Moore said SES crews had not been called to any flooded homes.

Sunday’s wet, windy weather also brought a number of trees down.

SES crews were called to a tree down in the front yard of a Rankin Street property at 4pm on Sunday, then to another tree down at Meadow Flat along the Great Western Highway at 11.30pm

Meanwhile, Ambulance Service of NSW received a call out to attend a patient with breaking problems in the Palmers Oaky region at 11am on Monday.

Duty Inspector Brad Porter said the road crew was unable to access the man due to a flooded creek in the upper Turon River region, so an ambulance four-wheel-drive vehicle was called in.

“We assessed him and gave him treatment and took him to hospital,” he said.

Bathurst has already received more than twice its usual rainfall for the month of September. The long-term average for the month is 46.4mm, but as of late Monday 100.6mm had been recorded.

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