Riverina on alert as floods hit region

The region is awash after torrential rain in recent days and particularly the past 24 hours with Member for Riverina Michael McCormack urging people to take every precaution to keep safe.

“Ïve had reports of 128 millimetres falling at Rankins Springs and just as much at Mangoplah in a short space of time so the downpour has been widespread,” Mr McCormack said.

 “Right across the region there are reports of heavy and steady rain.

“Emergency workers and volunteers are working around the clock monitoring the Murrumbidgee River and State Emergency Service personnel in conjunction with local councils are doing a marvellous job right across the Riverina and southern New South Wales.

“The next 24 hours is going to be critical as to just how high the waters will rise and whether more evacuations are necessary.”

Mr McCormack praised the efforts of local military personnel who spent much of Saturday helping the SES and making sandbags.

Evacuations have taken place in many parts of the region including Hanwood, Gundagai, Lockhart, North Wagga, The Rock, Tumut, Uranquinty and Yoogali with many areas isolated including Adelong, Forest Hill, Lake Albert and Jugiong.

There are multiple flood rescues under way in the Narrandera area.

“Öpposition Leader Tony Abbott has been on the phone several times enquiring after the situation,” Mr McCormack said.

Mr McCormack urged people to follow instructions of SES personnel and not to attempt to drive through flooded roads or swim in floodwaters.

People requiring flood assistance should call SES Emergency Assistance: 13 25 00.

If the situation is life threatening phone 000.

Check the NSW Transport Roads and Maritime Services website for up to date road closures and information. Visit http://livetraffic.rta.nsw.gov.au/desktop.html

Cristy Houghton