More residents told to prepare to evacuate

Forbes floodsThe State Emergency Service has warned that more Forbes residents should prepared to evacuate over the next 48 hours.

The warning follows a prediction from the Bureau of Meteorology that flood levels at the Forbes Iron Bridge will peak at 10.65 metres during Thursday.

The SES is asking residents to monitor the situation and be prepared to evacuate when asked to.

“A Flood Evacuation Order will be issued by the SES if evacuation is required,” a spokesman for the SES said.

“The location of Evacuation Centres will be advised if an Evacuation Order is issued.”

Areas that should prepare to evacuate include:

South West Forbes (Lake Forbes to Newell Hwy) including Elizabeth St, Farnell St, Hilda St, Show St, Forester St, Marcia St, Racecourse Rd, Thelma St, Mona Pl, Margret St, Junction St and Lachlan St

North Forbes and the CBD including Battye St, Bedgerebong Rd, Browne St, Camp St, Clear St, Cross St, Farnell St, Farrand St, Grenfell St, Johnson St, North Circle Dr, Dowling St, Parkes Rd, Rankin St, Renfree St, Sam Street, Sherriff St, Spring St and Templar St.

Eastern residential area including Bandon St, Barwin St, Bridge St, Church St, Clark St, Ferry St, Flint St, Herbert St, Hill St, James St, Ooma St, Orange Rd, Oxford St, Rifle Range Rd, Sandhills Rd, Twogood Ln and Young St

South Forbes including Bathurst St, Blackwood St, Cargo Ln, Church St, Claret St, College Rd, Forbes – Cowra Rd, Mole Ln, Moselle St, Muscat St, Reymond St, River Rd, Stacey St, Wambat St, Koala Pl, and Wandary Ln

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As you evacuate you should:

• Take your important documents, mementos and photos

• Take your spare clothing, medicines and personal hygiene supplies

• If you are going to the evacuation centre, take blankets/sleeping bags, pillows and sleeping mats.

• If possible, check to see if your neighbours need help

• Turn off the electricity and gas

• Not walk ride or drive through floodwater – this is the main cause of death and injury during floods

• Continue to listen to a local radio station for updates.

For emergency assistance telephone the SES on 132 500

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