Posted: 23 September, 2016
Major Flood Warnings For NSW This Weekend
The town of Forbes in central-west NSW is bracing for major flooding similar to that which devastated the town in 1990, with water levels expected to exceed 11 metres in some areas.
Twenty-six years ago more than 130 houses were damaged when the Lachlan River peaked at 10.65 metres.
The river is set to peak at 10.6 metres on Sunday, according to the weather bureau.
Six other towns in the Forbes region are also facing major flood warnings, with the village of Nanami expected to have a water peak of 11.6 metres.
Two more river systems in inland NSW have major warnings in place, with three small towns on the Macquarie and Bogan rivers braced for serious flooding.
Parts of the Riverina are also experiencing moderate flooding along the Murrumbidgee River with a lot of water around Griffith and West Wyalong regions.
The flood warnings for the weekend come after almost two weeks of heavy rain has caused flooding across inland NSW.
The SES has already performed 86 flood rescues and dealt with 2000 calls for assistance.
Around 170 people in the Ungarie area were forced to leave their properties on Thursday following heavy rainfall and water flowing into the Humbug Creek, and the failure of the town's sewerage system, according to the SES.
Major regional road links including a stretch of the Newell Highway have been closed due to flooding.
The SES is reminding drivers not to drive through flood waters.