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Landholders urged to prepare for potential flooding from Condobolin downstream to Booligal

Landholders on the Lachlan river system downstream of Condobolin, including Euabalong, Hillston and Booligal, are urged to start thinking about their response plan for potential flooding.

“The catchment is very wet, and if we get more rain, predicted flood levels may rise significantly, so we’re advising landholders to do some strategic planning in preparation,” said David Creeper, Manager - Biosecurity and Emergency Services with Local Land Services Western Region.

Major flooding is currently predicted to reach Hillston around October 20, while minor flooding is predicted at Booligal in November.

“The best case scenario is that we will get a dry spell and the flood situation will ease in coming weeks. However, given the possibility of ongoing wet weather, we need to be mindful that expected flood levels could rise if there is further rain in the catchment.”

“Landholders are advised to monitor flood warnings closely and have plans in place to move stock to higher ground or to areas that will not be affected by flooding well ahead of inundation.”

“Farmers are resourceful by nature and I expect most people are already closely monitoring river levels upstream, and preparing to take action to protect stock and assets if necessary.”

“Every flood behaves differently so even the most experienced farmer will need to watch flood warnings carefully and have precautionary measures in place wherever possible.”

Once flooding hits, land holders are urged to call: 1300 795 299 to report agricultural losses, including fencing, crops and stranded, injured or deceased livestock.

This reporting is essential for Local Land Services and other agencies to fully understand the extent of flood damage and to organise appropriate support in response.

“We want landholders to continue to notify Local Land Services of any damage they have had through the current flood,” said Mr Creeper.

FloodSafe advice is available at www.ses.nsw.gov.au

For emergency assistance call the SES on 132 500.

For life threatening emergencies, call 000 immediately.

For more information contact David Creeper at Local Land Services Western Region (Broken Hill office) T: 08 8082 5211  M: 0428 234 972  Email: david.creeper@lls.nsw.gov.au

Media contact:  Meg Strang for Local Land Services Western Region - 0429 340 600.