Forbes in flood 2012
An evacuation order for 235 properties remains in place this morning in Forbes and the State Emergency Service (SES) believes the majority of people have already left their homes.
The stage two evacuation order issued yesterday asked affected residents to leave their properties before 8pm and report to an evacuation centre to be registered.
SES Community Engagement Officer Megan Hill said she hoped that affected residents were no longer at home.
“We do have information on who has chosen to stay in their homes. We ask when we do the doorknocking process,” she said.
“There were 226 home doorknocked yesterday, and we have indications that the majority of those people had already evacuated.”
The SES are urgently seeking assistance with sandbagging and are asking volunteers to report to the SES headquarters in Forbes on the corner of School Road and Farnell Street.
“We are packing thousands and thousands of sandbags,” Ms Hill said.
“Yesterday we had teams of around 20 people sandbagging. It was fabulous. There were kids as young as 12, and entire families were coming down to help.”
“People are able to pick up sandbags from our Forbes centre.”
The Bureau of Meteorology is still predicting the Lachlan River will peak near 10.65 metres late Thursday with major flooding at the Forbes Iron Bridge.
“At Forbes, river levels are rising slowly and have exceeded 10.5 metres this morning,” the bureau said in a statement.
“The Lachlan River at Nanami peaked at 11.54 metres around 4am Wednesday morning.”
Two evacuations centres remain open in Forbes: Forbes High School on Wyndham Avenue and the Jemalong Regional Education Centre on Church Street opposite the high school.
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Lachlan R at Forbes Iron Bridge – Bureau of Meteorology
Latest river levels
■ Iron Bridge – 10.53m at 2pm
■ Nanami – 11.48m 1pm at 1pm
■ Mulyandry 11.47m at 1pm
■ Cottons – 6.97m at 1pm
■ Jemalong Weir 7.74m at 8.40am
■ Dropped to 101.6% this morning.
■ In the 24 hours up until 9am yesterday 19,209 megalitres of water entered the storage with State water releasing 30,039 megalitres.
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