Already flooded inland NSW warned to prepare for one month’s rain in four days

Residents in inland NSW are being warned to prepare for “a month’s rain in just four days” with heavy falls forecast for already flood-affected communities. 

The Bureau of Meteorology has briefed the SES as it prepares for another week of concerning conditions with much of the state’s west already impacted by ongoing floods as rain falls on already full catchments and rivers.

Some rural residents remain cut off due to high floodwaters on their properties and impacted roads — in some cases for “three, four weeks already” — with farmers also concerned about keeping stock safe and potential crop losses.

Two separate fronts are expected to bring unwelcome, widespread deluges between Wednesday and Sunday.

“The bureau has said we’re expecting one rain front this Wednesday that could drop 20–40mm across much of the inland western parts of NSW,” SES spokesperson David Rankine said.

“There’s a thunderstorm warning that comes with that and the risk of 50–80mm under those isolated storms.

“Unfortunately, there’s a second front coming across the far west of NSW on Friday and could bring anywhere from 20–40mm of rain as it moves west into Saturday.

“Then on Sunday the northern inland and central west of NSW could experience another 20–40mm.

“That’s a very broad part of the state about to receive all it’s average rainfall for October in the next seven days. For us, that’s quite concerning.”

Rain on full rivers and catchments

The SES is expecting renewed flooding for the Macquarie, Bogan, Peel, Gwydir and Namoi Rivers, as well as the Belubula at Canowindra. 

Fortunately, some river heights have dropped over the long weekend with floodwaters receding enough for the cut-off community of Wee Waa to finally regain road access.

But the relief could be short-lived, with the SES warning anyone who has been impacted by flooding over the past two weeks that “there is certainly an expectation you will be flooded again in the next seven days”.

Drone image shows a bird's eye view of a house completely surrounded by floodwater
Locals fear the impact of heavy rain on properties and communities already impacted by floodwater. Pictured is Callubri Station on the Bogan River in Central NSW.(Supplied: Angie Armstrong)

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