4 November 2022

Major traffic delays, evacuations and a rising river in Wagga on Friday morning

| Chris Roe
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The roads in and out of North Wagga remain closed following evacuations on Thursday. Photo: Chris Roe.

The Murrumbidgee River exceeded the Major flood level of 9.6 metres on Thursday night and is heading towards a peak of around 9.8 metres later today (Friday, 4 November).

The river reached 9.7 metres just before seven o’clock this morning.

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The level is higher than the December 2010 flood, and similar to the June 1952 flood but still far short of 2012 levels.

Hundreds of residents have evacuated North Wagga, which is now closed to anyone except emergency personnel.


Police are directing traffic through major intersections with sections of the Sturt Hwy closed in Wagga’s East. Photo: Chris Roe.

The Sturt Highway was closed in both directions in East Wagga last night as water crossed Hammond Avenue and there is heavy traffic across the city as police manage major intersections and divert traffic through alternate routes.

Hammond Ave is closed at the Tasman Rd roundabout and there are also road closures in place at Lawson and Blaxland St.

Copland St is closed between Kooringal Rd and Lockyer Pl; Kooringal Rd is closed between Copland and Hammond Ave.

The Olympic Highway remains slow between Junee and Wagga with motorists enduring hours long delays on Thursday.

The situation remains dynamic and motorists are advised to stay up to date via livetraffic here and with local road closures here.


The SES is calling for volunteers to fill sandbags at the Showgrounds. Photo: Matt Nolte.

Large numbers of volunteers have been helping emergency services fill sandbags at the Wagga Showgrounds.

Local state MP Dr Joe McGirr urged anyone with time to spare to head down and join the team behind the grandstand as he took up a shovel himself along with Federal MP Michael McCormack.

You can stay up to date with the latest 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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