Flood preparations in full force

Annette Neilsen, Leo Pietsch and Jan Martin sand bagging as they prepare for the major flood. The SES were flat out yesterday as Forbes prepared to endure a major flood.
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Evacuation Orders for a major flood peak are expected to be rolled out around the community from today.

A major flood peak is predicted to hit Forbes between tomorrow night and Thursday morning at a height of 10.65 metres at the Iron Bridge – equivalent to the August 1990 floods.

“We are in the stage for preparing for the major peak of the flood Wednesday night, Thursday morning,” Local Controller Forbes SES Roc (Robert) Walshaw said yesterday.

“There are procedures in place for evacuation warnings to get people out of their homes.

“People should be preparing themselves for the flood now. The people who were here in 1990 know who was affected.

“If you are new to town and don’t know, ask your next door neighbour what happened in that flood.

“Will the water affect me? If it does, how high will it come? Those who got their feet wet then will get their feet wet again,” Mr Walshaw said.

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Although Evacuation Warnings for areas in the north, south, southwest and eastern residential areas were released on Sunday, Mr Walshaw said residents must not confuse an Evacuation Warning with an Evacuation Order.

The warnings rolled out on Sunday are to give residents time to prepare for an evacuation.

“All the warning is to go into your home and gather your personal items and work out where you are going to put them,” Forbes SES Deputy Controller Jordan L’Estrange said.

Personal items include anything which can’t be replaced including bank account documents, deeds to the house, wills, marriage certificates or change of name registration details, outstanding accounts and special photos.

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