Photo by Forbes Advocate reader Jan Stewart.An elderly gentleman and a younger female were airlifted from a rural property around 12 noon yesterday.
The property became isolated by flood waters and as a result, the home lost essential services.
Deputy Controller for the Forbes SES Jordon L’Estrange said the pair was airlifted out for medical reasons.
The Bureau of Meteorology advised yesterday afternoon a level of 10.65 metres is still expected today, despite long grasses causing the floodwaters to slow and spread.
This will cause a prolonged peak and flood period.
“What people are seeing now is nothing compared to what we will see,” he said.
Mr L’Estrange confirmed three houses have been inundated by the floodwaters.
Eight hundred residents were doorknocked during the Evacuation Order. Since then, 65 residents have registered at an evacuation centre.
Mayor of Forbes Shire, Councillor Phyllis Miller said yesterday although Forbes is a strong community, there is assistance for those who need help.
“Once the water goes through we will go into recovery,” Cr Miller said.
“There will be a recovery centre at the town hall and we will start to assist people [who’s homes] have been inundated.”
She also said Forbes is doing well thanks to local people and emergency service personel.
“We planned well for the flood and we are in capable hands with the emergency services people,” Cr Miller said.
While the emergency continues today, Cr Miller said people should remember that flood water is dangerous.
“One thing that concerns me is children playing in the flood water,” she said.
Police patrolling closed roads
Forbes Police have warned all motorists they will be enforcing road closures during the floods.
Sergeant Adam Beard said a number of motorists have been seen driving around ‘Road Closed’ signed and proceeding into flood waters.
Driving into flood waters is causing bow waves into homes and damaging property, Sgt Beard said.
Police have been called to rescue a number of motorists who have entered flood waters and become stranded. Sgt Beard described such actions as a waste of resources.
“Police will issue an on the spot fine to people who ignore road closed signage,” Sgt Beard said.
Sgt Beard said people should not be walking, driving or entering the flood waters.
“We are asking that all the community exercise common sense,” Sgt Beard said.
Flood water activity will be monitored by police.
Lachlan R at Forbes Iron Bridge – Bureau of Meteorology
Current river levels:
❏ Iron Bridge 10.56m as at 2pm
❏ Nanami 10.64m as at 1pm
❏ Mulyandry 11.41m as at 1pm
❏ Cottons 7.04m as at 1pm
❏ Jemalong 7.84m (as 8am)
Wyangla at 10am:
❏ inflows 13,400Ml and outflows 13,000Ml
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