Rain is still falling right across the Hunter Valley leaving locals on high alert as river levels continue to rise today.
The heaviest rainfall has cleared the Hunter Catchment, however further rainfall is forecast for the next 6-12 hours, which may cause further river level rises and prolonged flooding.
Major flooding is occurring at Singleton after the Lower Hunter River peaked at 13.71 metres early this morning.
Major flooding is possible along the Hunter River at Maitland overnight and into tomorrow, there’s moderate flooding at the moment.
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.
The latest from the NSW State Emergency Service (SES) as at 10am Thursday 7th July:
NSW SES is directing people within Low lying areas of the following locations, to evacuate the high danger area, immediately.
Evacuate the high danger area. Once floodwater passes 3.50 metres on the Bulahdelah gauge at Bulahdelah roads will begin to close.
– Singleton Township
LAGUNA, BUCKETTY, BROKE AND WOLLOMBI
Significant river level rises have been observed along Wollombi Brook. At Wollombi the river peaked with major flooding above the March 2022 flood. Moderate flooding is now occurring. At Bulga major flooding is occurring well above March 2022 flood levels where a peak of 9.11 metres was recorded on Wednesday afternoon. This is the highest recorded level since 1952. The peak at Bulga is 1.0 metre higher than the 1952 flood level.
Laguna Bucketty and Wollombi: (Wollombi Brook Gauge)
Major flooding is occurring along the Wollombi Brook at Bulga. Moderate flooding is occurring at Wollombi.
The Wollombi Brook at Wollombi peaked at 14.20 metres around 01:00 am Wednesday 06 July, with major flooding. The river level is currently at 10.98 metres and falling, with moderate flooding.
An Evacuation Order is current for;
• Paynes Crossing
• NSW SES are continuing to direct people along the Wollombi Brook within the townships of Bulga and Broke to evacuate the high danger area
• Flooding remains in all Low-lying road crossing from Bulga to Wollombi and surrounding areas
• Low properties on Paynes Crossing Road, Wollombi may still be experiencing high flood water
Low Lying Properties may still be affected by flood water in the following areas;
• Great North Road at Wollombi
• Wollombi Road at Wollombi
• Paynes Crossing Road at Wollombi
• Yango Creek Road at Wollombi
• Gleghorns Bridge Closed
• Cuneens Bridge Closed
• Williams Bridge Closed
At Bulga: (Bulga Bridge Gauge)
The Wollombi Brook at Bulga peaked at 9.11 metres around 04:00 pm Wednesday 06 July and is currently at 8.69 metres and slowly falling, with major flooding
• An Evacuation Order is current. NSW SES are directing people along the Wollombi Brook within the townships of Bulga and Broke to evacuate the high danger area
• Waters may have closed the Windsor-Singleton road (Putty Road) near Bulga Public School.
• River may have broken banks in a several of locations causing flooding rural areas
SINGLETON, MAITLAND AND RAYMOND TERRACE
Along the Lower Hunter River, major flooding is occurring at Singleton. River levels exceeded the March 2022 flood level (13.15 metres) Wednesday afternoon and are approaching a peak near 13.71 metres early Thursday morning, with major flooding.
Moderate flooding and renewed rises are occurring at Maitland.
Minor flooding is occurring along the Hunter River at Raymond Terrace.
Singleton: (Donolly Bridge)
Evacuation WARNING is in place for Singleton Township.
The Hunter River at Singleton peaked at 13.71 metres around 03:00 am Thursday 07 July and is currently at 13.69 metres and falling, with major flooding.Rural low-lying areas in and around Glennriding, Dunolly, may now be impacted by flood waters.
• Combo and Whittingham is impacted by flood waters
• Low-Lying areas of East Singleton and Whittingham is impacted by road closures.
• Bridgeman Road Singleton is closed 500m north of the New England Highway intersection
• All Riverside Park access is closed
• River at Scotts Flat area leading to the isolation of properties has breached its banks
• Properties in Doughboys Hollow and Whittingham may now be impacted by flood water
• Glendon cut off from direct access to Singleton; alternative route may be open via Sedgefield and Roughit Lane
• A number of key local roads will be closed
• Extensive flooding of low-lying farmland around Singleton will be evident
• New England Highway may now be closed between Bridgman Road and White Avenue
Maitland: (Belmore Bridge)
The Hunter River at Maitland (Belmore Bridge) peaked at 7.09 metres around 06:00 pm Monday, with minor flooding. Renewed river rises are occurring. The Hunter River at Maitland (Belmore Bridge) may peak near 10.00 metres during Thursday afternoon, with moderate flooding
The Hunter River at Maitland (Belmore Bridge) may reach the major flood level (10.50 metres) overnight Thursday into Friday.
• Melville Ford Bridge at Aberglasslyn closed
• Oakhampton Heights may remain isolated due to buildup of localized water
• Windermere Road at Windermere is cut just past Windermere House
• Maitland vale road at Lambs Valley will remain closed – 400m east of Luskintyre road alternate route via Maitland Vale Road to Bolwarra
• Maitland Vale road now closed at Rosebrook near the RFS station
• Anambah road at Anambah will be cut 2.5km form the New England
• Brush Farm Road and Pitnacree Road, Pitnacree (East Maitland) closed with Low lying farmland is inundated.
People in areas likely to be impacted by flooding in Maitland should prepare for potential isolation.
The Hunter River at Raymond Terrace may reach around 3.00 metres Thursday evening, with minor flooding.
• The Hinton Wallalong, Dunns Creek, Dunmore, Eagleton and Seaham area is currently Isolated
• Backwater flooding in southern Raymond Terrace, flood water breaks out of the Hunter River near the boat ramp at Glenelg Street Raymond Terrace
• Localised flooding of low-lying areas around Hunter Street, Swan Street and Glenelg Street
People in areas likely to be impacted by flooding in Raymond Terrace should prepare for potential isolation.
GOSTWYK AND DUNGOG
Moderate to heavy rainfall has been observed in the Paterson and Williams Catchment since Tuesday resulting in renewed river level rises.
Minor flooding is occurring along the Gostwyck, Dungog and Mill Dam Falls.
The Paterson River at Gostwyck Bridge may reach the minor flood level (9.10 metres) Wednesday evening.
- The low-level causeway over the Allyn River at Horns Crossing on the Vacy – Wallarobba Road, approximately 1km NE of Vacy may still be closed to all traffic
- The Paterson River at Gostwyck Bridge may reach the minor flood level (9.10 metres) by Tuesday morning.
- Low lying rural properties and roads may still be affected. Farmers adjacent to the river should monitor and act accordingly.
- Low level causeway at Horne’s Crossing over the Allyn River may still be closed.
Lake Macquarie at Belmont reached the minor flood level (0.70 metres) early Wednesday morning on the high tide. Further rainfall is forecast for the remainder of Wednesday and into Thursday. Elevated river levels are also expected for the remainder of Wednesday into Thursday with renewed rises to around 0.80 metres possible at Belmont on Thursday’s early morning high tide.
What you need to do:
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
• Monitoring emergency warnings and severe weather updates on local ABC radio, NSW SES 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
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