2 November 2022

UPDATE: Evacuations begin in North Wagga with major flooding on the way

| Chris Roe
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Wagga residents are being warned to expect major flooding. Photo: Shri Rajen.

North Wagga residents have been told to evacuate following updated advice from the Bureau of Meteorology this afternoon (2 November) warning that Wagga is now in line for major flooding.

Gundagai is already in the grip of major flooding as the Murrumbidgee River continues to rise toward a possible peak of 9.70 metres this evening, which is higher than the April 1989 flood but far lower that the 2012 peak of 10.60 m.

Further rises are possible in the coming days, and predictions of “dangerous moderate flooding” at Wagga have now been upgraded, warning the river may reach the major flood level of 9.60 metres on Thursday morning.

This is almost 40 centimetres above last month’s peak of 9.22 metres.

The NSW SES is directing residents in North Wagga outside the levee and in low-lying areas including Wilks Park to evacuate now.

READ ALSO: UPDATED: A bigger river than last time but hopes it will remain under 9.2m at Wagga

For those without alternative accommodation, the temporary evacuation centre at Wagga Showgrounds has been reopened.

The river level today has already moved into the moderate flooding level, exceeding nine metres at around 7 am and reaching 9.15 m by midday.

You can stay up to date with the latest on alerts on the Hazard Watch page here, the Murrumbidgee SES Facebook page here and you can keep an eye on the river heights here.

For emergency help in floods and storms, call the NSW SES on 132 500.

In life-threatening situations, call triple zero (000) immediately.

Original Article published by Chris Roe on Region Riverina.

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