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More flood warnings as rain falls

Riley Price and Karen Rosner from Brisbane inspecting the flooded Darling River at Bourke this week. Photo TWH

Heavy rain in southwest Queensland and NSW, full dams and creeks and sodden earth has raised the possibility of serious flooding along river communities south of the border.

The State Emergency Service has issued a warning to farmers and residents in vulnerable areas, particularly around the Namoi, Macquarie, and Barwon-Darling Rivers to be alert - and to prepare early.

SES spokesperson Adam Jones said he was concerned about more rainfall on saturated catchments, which could lead to flash flooding.

“Considering how full dams and catchments are, we urge people to make sure they have plans for flooding and isolation and to check SES updates,” Mr Jones said.

“And never drive through floodwaters.”

Rainfall last week, and rain this week, will exacerbate flows and the NSW SES is moving resources into affected areas.

The Namoi broke its banks in several places this earlier this week, Warren town on the Macquarie River has experienced major flooding, and on Tuesday the SES released another warning for moderate flooding on the Darling River at Louth and Tilpa.

WaterNSW is now expecting flows to continue down the Barwon-Darling River for some months.

Major flooding is also occurring along the Namoi River at Wee Waa, which will translate into high flows in the Barwon-Darling.

Moderate flooding is expected at Bugilbone and Goangra, above Walgett, later this week.

The Namoi at Wee Waa is likely to peak near 7m today with major flooding, and Goangra may reach the moderate flood level of 6.70m this weekend.

More good rain has fallen in southwest Queensland – creating new flows in the Moonie, Balonne and Bokhara Rivers which have all flooded during 2022.

On Tuesday the Bureau was predicting that the Darling River at Bourke may reach 10.6 metres this week, with minor flooding (it was 10.57m on Tuesday).

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