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Australian Government Bureau of Meteorology, New South Wales

Minor to Major Flood Warning for the Culgoa, Birrie, Bokhara and Narran Rivers

at Brenda, Weilmoringle, Kenebree, Goodooga, Goodwins and Angledool

Issued at 3:10 pm EST on Friday 20 May 2022

Flood Warning Number: 42

MAJOR FLOODING LIKELY AT ANGLEDOOL FROM SATURDAY

MAJOR FLOODING LIKELY AT WEILMORINGLE, POSSIBLE AT BRENDA AND KENEBREE FROM LATE MAY INTO JUNE

MODERATE FLOODING POSSIBLE AT GOODWINS OVER THE WEEKEND

MINOR FLOODING POSSIBLE ALONG THE BIRRIE AND BOKHARA RIVERS AT GOODOOGA OVER THE WEEKEND

Moderate to heavy local rainfall in mid May, combined with earlier floodwaters from Queensland, have caused renewed and prolonged flooding along the Culgoa, Birrie, Bokhara and Narran Rivers.

Along the Culgoa River, an earlier flood peak is now passing through Weilmoringle, where minor flooding is occurring and renewed rises to the major flood level are possible around the end of May to early June. These floodwaters may also cause major flooding downstream at Kenebree from mid June. Moderate flooding continues at Kenebree.

Renewed rises have also been observed upstream in Queensland, which have caused minor flooding at Brenda and may cause major flooding around the end of May or early June.

Renewed rises have also been observed along the Bokhara River (QLD), which may cause renewed minor flooding along the Birrie and Bokhara Rivers (NSW) at Goodooga over the weekend.

Along the Bokhara River (NSW), an earlier flood peak is approaching Goodwins, where minor flooding is occurring with river levels steady just below the moderate flood level. Moderate flooding is possible over the weekend at Goodwins.

Along the Narran River at Angledool, moderate flooding is occurring and major flooding is possible from Saturday.

Revised predictions will be provided once upstream peaks have been observed. A major flood warning is current for the Condamine and Balonne Rivers in Queensland, with the upstream peaks in Queensland located near Surat.

Culgoa River:

Major flooding is likely at Weilmoringle and is possible at Brenda and Kenebree. Moderate flooding is occurring at Kenebree, and minor flooding is occurring at Brenda and Weilmoringle.

The Culgoa River at Brenda may exceed the moderate flood level (5.50 metres) from Sunday into Monday. The river level may reach the major flood level (5.90 metres) around late May or early June. Further rises are possible.

The Culgoa River at Weilmoringle is likely to remain above the minor flood level (5.20 metres) until the end of May. Renewed rises are likely, where the river may reach the major flood level (5.80 metres) around the end of May or early June. Further rises are possible.

The Culgoa River at Kenebree is likely to peak near 6.00 metres during Saturday, with moderate flooding. Renewed rises to the major flood level (6.30 metres) are possible from mid June.

Birrie River:

Minor flooding is possible along the Birrie River at Goodooga.

The Birrie River at Goodooga may reach the minor flood level (3.20 metres) over the weekend. Further rises are possible.

Bokhara River:

Moderate flooding is possible at Goodwins. Minor flooding is occurring at Goodwins and is possible at Goodooga.

The Bokhara River at Goodooga may reach the minor flood level (2.70 metres) over the weekend. Further rises are possible.

The Bokhara River at Goodwins may reach the moderate flood level over the weekend. Further rises are possible.

Narran River:

Major flooding is likely along the Narran River at Angledool, where moderate flooding is occurring.

The Narran River at New Angledool No 2 is likely to reach the major flood level (3.80 metres) from Saturday. Further rises are possible.

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 04:00 pm EST on Saturday 21 May 2022.

Latest River Heights:

Location Height of River (m) Tendency Date/Time of Observation
Culgoa River at Brenda 5.37 Rising 02:45 PM FRI 20/05/22
Culgoa River at Weilmoringle 5.58 Falling 02:00 PM FRI 20/05/22
Culgoa River at Kenebree 5.89 Steady 03:00 PM FRI 20/05/22
Birrie River at Goodooga 3.04 Rising 02:00 PM FRI 20/05/22
Bokhara River at Goodooga 2.54 Rising 02:00 PM FRI 20/05/22
Bokhara River at Goodwins 2.55 Steady 02:00 PM FRI 20/05/22
Narran River at New Angledool No 2 3.73 Rising 02:00 PM FRI 20/05/22

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.