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Flood watch alert for Upper Hunter with renewed rises possible

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The New South Wales State Emergency Services (SES) have issued a Flood Watch for the Upper Hunter as renewed flooding is expected as of Thursday.

A trough of low pressure will move into the west of the state during Wednesday and bring rain  and thunderstorms across the state from Wednesday into the weekend.

"This rainfall may cause new and renewed flooding across NSW inland rivers and the Hunter River, many of which have  been impacted by recent flooding. 

"The weather system is expected to cause flooding for the catchments listed from Thursday into  the weekend.

"Based on this prediction there is a 75% chance flooding developing in the Goulburn and Upper Hunter Rivers (minor) flooding, and Wollombi Brook and Lower Hunter River (minor to moderate) flooding," the SES said.

Minor flood levels means low-lying areas next to water courses are inundated.

Minor roads may be closed and low-level bridges  submerged.

In urban areas inundation may affect some backyards and buildings below the floor level as  well as bicycle and pedestrian paths.

In rural areas removal of stock and equipment may be required. 

Moderate flood levels  means in addition to the minor flooding, the area of inundation is more substantial.

Main traffic routes may be  affected.

Some buildings may be affected above the floor level.

Evacuation of flood affected areas  may be required.

In rural areas removal of stock is required. 

People in areas likely to be impacted by flooding should consider: 

  • Refraining from driving or walking through flood water  
  • Road closures and flood isolation may impact on work, family and educational commitments 

What you need to do: 

  • Monitoring emergency warnings and severe weather updates on local radio, NSW SES Hunter Facebook page and Bureau of Meteorology website. 
  • If your property is at risk of inundation, please raise moveable items, such as furniture, as high as  possible onto benches or tables, placing electrical items on top 
  • If you are advised by an emergency services officer to evacuate, please do so  
  • Securing outside belongings and before leaving; turn off the power, water and take essential  medicines and clothes with you 
  • Farmers should move machinery, livestock, pumps, and fodder to flood free ground  

For emergency help in floods and storms, call the NSW State Emergency Service on 132 500. In life  threatening situations call triple zero (000) immediately. 

For more information:  

  • Listen to your local radio station, follow the NSWSES on Facebook or www.ses.nsw.gov.au
  • Latest Weather, Warnings, Rainfall and River heights: www.bom.gov.au/nsw/ 
  • Road Closures: www.livetraffic.com.au or www.myroadinfo.com.au 
  • Rural animal and livestock assistance, contact Local Land Services 

The next Flood Watch will be issued by 11:00 am EDT on Thursday 25 November 2021.

Image: Tim Harris