Flood warning issued for Tumut River

Tumut during the 2012 flood
Tumut during the 2012 flood

Tumut residents are being asked to prepare for a weekend of wild weather, after the Bureau of Meteorology (BoM) issued a flood watch warning for the Tumut River.

Widespread rain is expected over the region, with 50 to 100mm of rain predicted and isolated areas potentially to receive over 150mm.

SES controller Scott Fisher said residents along the river, but also throughout the shire, should be acting today to prepare their homes for the downpour.

“It’s not just around the rivers this is predicted to be a heavy downpour, so people need to look around their houses and property now while it’s still sunny. Check your gutters and yard to prepare for the rain,” he said.

A low pressure trough is predicted to move through the Tumut region Sunday and Monday producing heavy rains.

BoM has warned the heavy rain brings with it a chance of the Tumut River flooding late Sunday and into Monday.

Mr Fisher said people living along the river need to be aware of the risks.

“We’re asking people to stay away from any flooded creeks or rivers. Anyone with land along the river needs an action plan and to be aware of the situation,” he said.

“Ensure pumps and the like are lifted away from the river.”

Mr Fisher said SES hopes the floods won’t eventuate, but they are prepared for a situation should it arise.

“Hopefully it’s not too bad. It’s forecast around 50mm to 100mm, the big problem will be the isolated locations they’re saying may receive over 150mm. That’s where we’ll be getting floods,” he said.

“If it is 150mm there could be flash flooding of the Goobarragandra River and through there, that will impact the Tumut River. Gilmore Creek can also rise very rapidly.”

In 2010 and 2012 flooding of the Tumut River caused devastation throughout the area.

SES warns residents to stay away from any area of flooding and to never drive through a flooded roadway.

For more information on storm safety visit http://www.ses.nsw.gov.au/ .

For emergency assistance call the SES on telephone number 132 500.

For life threatening emergencies, call 000 immediately.