SES alert issued as Bureau of Meteorology predicts rains and floods | L’Express Armidale



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Major flooding is likely around the northern slopes as wet and stormy weather recovers over much of New South Wales from Wednesday. The Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) said the high levels of precipitation expected will be the result of a deep low pressure system interacting with very humid tropical air. Widespread rainfall is expected to continue across NSW and through the second half of the week. Very intense rainfall rates are likely for some areas, most likely over the north from Wednesday evening. The heaviest precipitation is expected to contract in the southeastern state over the weekend as the low moves offshore. The warning comes after a wet start to the week that closed a number of low roads in Armidale on Monday. Also read: Road closures were in place due to pavement flooding and creek crossings on Dumaresq Street, Beardy Street, Faulkner Street, Dangar Street, Taylor Street and Chapel Street. Armidale Regional Council Head of Assets and Services Alex Manners has asked residents to drive carefully and avoid crossing flooded areas. “Please exercise caution, follow the instructions of council staff and road closure advice,” Manners said. The weather system is expected to cause moderate to major flooding in the Upper Macintyre River, Gwydir River, Peel River and Namoi River. Local flooding can be expected at Whalan and Gil Gil creeks and minor flooding at the Barwon River. People working or camping along these rivers and streams should watch the height of the rivers and be prepared to move to higher ground. The Bureau of Meteorology continues to monitor the situation and will issue watershed-specific warnings if river levels are expected to reach or exceed the minor flood level. Residents are advised to keep abreast of information, listen to flood warnings, and follow advice on how to protect themselves, family and property. Farmers and landowners are advised to move livestock, pumps and equipment to higher ground. State Emergency Services Incident Controller Mitchell Parker said people should never drive, walk or play in flood water. “Flood water can be deep, flow quickly, and contain snags and hidden debris,” Parker said. For emergency assistance with floods and storms, call the NSW State Emergency Service on 132,500. In life-threatening situations, call immediately. triple zero (000). Our reporters work hard to provide local and up-to-date news to the community. Here’s how you can access our trusted content:





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