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  • Minor To Major Flood Warning For The Barwon And Darling Rivers Wed 19 Jan 2022

    Australian Government Bureau of Meteorology, New South Wales
      
    Minor To Major Flood Warning For The Barwon And Darling Rivers 
    Issued at 02:27 PM EDT on Wednesday 19 January 2022
    Flood Watch Number: 41
    
    MODERATE FLOODING OCCURRING AT BOURKE
     MODERATE FLOODING OCCURRING AT LOUTH, MAJOR FLOODING LIKELY FROM FRIDAY
     MAJOR FLOODING OCCURRING AT TILPA
     MINOR FLOODING OCCURRING AT WILCANNIA WITH MODERATE FLOODING LIKELY LATE JANUARY
     River levels at Bourke peaked early Saturday 15 January with moderate flooding.
     The main flood peak along the Darling River is now downstream of Bourke. This peak is expected to reach Louth around Friday to Saturday (21-22 January), with major flooding.
     Major flooding is occurring along the Darling River at Tilpa where river levels exceeded the major flood level (11.50 metres) early Tuesday morning. River levels at Tilpa are expected to peak at the end of January.
     River levels at Menindee are likely to remain near the minor flood level until late February, as releases from the Menindee Lakes system are made to make room for the upstream flood waters.
    
    Barwon River downstream of  Walgett to Brewarrina:
    Minor flooding is no longer occurring along the Barwon River at Brewarrina.
    The Barwon River at Brewarrina fell below the minor flood level (6.40 metres) on Tuesday afternoon and is currently at 6.21 metres and falling.
    
    Barwon and Darling Rivers downstream of Brewarrina to Bourke:
    Moderate flooding is occurring along the Darling River at Bourke.
    The Darling River at Bourke peaked near 12.29 metres early Saturday 15 January and is currently at 12.07 metres and falling, with moderate flooding.
    
    Darling River downstream of  Bourke to Tilpa:
    Major flooding is occurring along the Darling River at Tilpa.
     Moderate flooding is occurring at Louth and likely to reach the major flood level over the weekend.
    The Darling River at Louth is likely to reach around 12.00 metres Friday to Saturday (21-22 January), with major flooding.
    
    The Darling River at Tilpa is currently at 11.63 metres and rising with major flooding.
    The river level may reach near 12.30 metres around the end of January with major flooding.
    
    Darling River downstream of Tilpa to Wilcannia:
    Minor flooding is occurring along the Darling River at Wilcannia where moderate flooding is likely in February.
    The Darling River at Wilcannia is likely to exceed the moderate flood level (9.70 m) late January and may reach around 10.00 metres during the second week of February, with moderate flooding.
    
    Darling River downstream of Wilcannia to Burtundy:
    Near minor flooding is occurring along the Darling River at Menindee.
    The Darling River at Menindee Town is currently at 8.34 metres and steady.
    The Darling River at Menindee Town is likely to remain around the minor flood level (8.50 m) until late February.
    
    Flood Safety Advice:
    In life threatening emergencies, call 000 (triple zero) immediately. If you require rescue, assistance to evacuate or other emergency help, ring NSW SES on 132 500.
     * Avoid drowning. Stay out of rising water, seek refuge in the highest available place.
     * Prevent damage to your vehicle. Move it under cover, away from areas likely to flood.
     * Avoid being swept away. Stay out of fast-flowing creeks and storm drains.
     * Never drive, ride or walk through flood water. Flood water can be deceptive and dangerous.}
    For more emergency information, advice, and access to the latest river heights and rainfall observations and forecasts:
     * NSW SES: www.ses.nsw.gov.au
     * RMS Live Traffic: www.livetraffic.com
     * Latest River Heights and Rainfall Observations: www.bom.gov.au/nsw/flood/outerwest.shtml
     * Latest NSW Warnings: www.bom.gov.au/nsw/warnings/
     * Rainfall Forecasts: www.bom.gov.au/australia/meteye/
     * BOM NSW Twitter: www.twitter.com/BOM_NSW
    
    Next issue:
    The next warning will be issued by 02:00 pm EDT on Friday 21 January 2022.
    
    Latest River Heights:
    Barwon River at Mungindi,3.60,Steady,01:15 PM WED 19/01/22
    Barwon River at Mogil Mogil,2.92,Steady,02:00 PM WED 19/01/22
    Barwon River at Collarenebri,2.25,Steady,12:00 PM WED 19/01/22
    Barwon River at Walgett,6.77,Steady,02:00 PM WED 19/01/22
    Barwon River at Brewarrina,6.21,Steady,07:00 AM WED 19/01/22
    Darling River at Bourke,12.07,Steady,07:00 AM WED 19/01/22
    Darling River at Louth,11.85,Steady,02:00 PM WED 19/01/22
    Darling River at Tilpa,11.64,Steady,02:00 PM WED 19/01/22
    Darling River at Wilcannia,9.36,Steady,02:00 PM WED 19/01/22
    Darling River at Menindee Town,8.34,Steady,02:00 PM WED 19/01/22
    Darling River at Menindee Weir 32,5.92,Steady,02:00 PM WED 19/01/22
    Darling River at Pooncarie,6.31,Steady,02:00 PM WED 19/01/22
    Darling River at Burtundy,5.94,Steady,02:00 PM WED 19/01/22
    
    This advice is also available by dialling 1300 659 210. Warning, rainfall and river information are available at www.bom.gov.au/nsw/flood. The latest weather forecast is available at www.bom.gov.au/nsw/forecasts.