Macquarie River minor flood warning issued

3.00PM

THE low level bridge on Hereford Street has been reopened after floodwaters forced its closure earlier on Thursday.

11.40AM

A FLOOD warning remains in place for Bathurst with the Macquarie River expected to peak at three metres around noon on Thursday.

The catchment in the Upper Macquarie River has received around 26 millimetres in the past 24 hours to 8am on Thursday.

11.30AM

THE low level bridge at Hereford Street has been closed due to flood waters over the road.

Bathurst Region Council announced the road closure at 11.30am on Thursday and said no other roads are expected to close due to floodwaters.

“No other road closures are in place, or likely, at this stage,” a spokesperson said.

Earlier

A MINOR flood warning has been issued for Bathurst with rain expected to cause minor flooding on Thursday morning.

The Macquarie River is expected to reach the minor flood level of three metres around 9am on Thursday.

At this forecast height the low level bridge in Bathurst (George Street) is not expected to close.

The Vale Road between Bathurst and Perthville is also not expected to close.

Around 23 millimetres of rain was recorded in the upper Macquarie River to midnight on Wednesday.

Farmers and other landholders are asked to move pumps and farm equipment, livestock, stock feed and chemicals from low lying areas to higher ground.

The NSW SES advises:

  • People should avoid walking or driving through flood water as it may be deeper and faster flowing than they realise and is a major cause of flood related deaths. Remember if its Flooded Forget it.
  • For emergency help in floods and storms, call the NSW SES on 132 500. In life threatening emergencies call triple-0.
  • Visit the NSW SES website at www.ses.nsw.gov.au for up-to-date information. For safety information on floods visit the NSW SES Flood Safe website at www.floodsafe.com.au.
  • Listen to the designated emergency broadcaster ABC Central West and/or your local Radio Station for further information. For information on local roads contact your local council.
  • For road information on State Government managed roads go to Live Traffic NSW website at http://livetraffic.rta.nsw.gov.au
  • For rural animal and livestock assistance contact your Local Land Services Office.
  • For Bureau of Meteorology weather forecasts and flood predictions including river height information visit www.bom.gov.au.
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