As a result of ongoing heavy rainfall and river flooding, the State Emergency Service orders that residents within Biniguy are to be evacuated. This evacuation will be by helicopters.
Residents should monitor the situation by listening to ABC radio station and be prepared to be evacuated. Evacuation centres will be established at Moree where you can obtain temporary accommodation and other help.
As you evacuate you should:
- Take your important documents, mementos and photos
- Take your Emergency Kit, spare clothing and medicines
- If possible, check to see if your neighbours need help
- Turn off the electricity and gas at the mains before you leave and turn off and secure any gas bottles
- Take you pets with you
- Don't walk ride or drive through floodwater
- Keep listening to your local radio station for updates
- Follow your Home or Business FloodSafe plan
- Follow all instructions given to you by emergency services
- For emergency assistance telephone the SES on 132500
Heavy rain and flooding continues to cause road closures and delays for motorists in New South Wales.
- Newell Highway - closed between Narrabri and the Queensland Border
- Carnarvon Highway is closed in both directions between Moree and Mungindi.
- Gwydir Highway is closed in both directions 30km east of Moree at Warialda. The Bruxner Highway can be used as an alternative.
- Oxley Highway is now closed between Gunnedah and Tamworth due to flooding at Carrol. Motorists can divert via Willow Tree using both the Kamilaroi and New England Highway.
The Pacific Highway, New England Highway and Castlereagh Highway remain open between NSW and the Queensland Border.
- Waterfall Way - alternating traffic between Dorrigo and Bellingen due to road surface damage; caution should be taken with water over the road just past Bellingen
- Failford Road between Pacific Highway and Tuncurry Road - closed in both directions.
- Thunderbolts Way between Uralla and Bundarra - closed in both directions.
Due to heavy rainfall and localised flooding there are also reports of road surface damage at numerous locations around the state where heavy rain has been experienced. RMS crews continue to work to repair damaged road surfaces.
Motorists are advised to avoid all non essential travel in flood affected areas of NSW. When driving exercise extreme caution.
Some rail services to the north and west of the state have been affected. Passengers seeking further information should contact www.countrylink.info or www.131500.com.au
Members of the public seeking emergency assistance during a flood or storm should call the NSW State Emergency Service on 132 500, or visit their website www.ses.nsw.gov.au
For the latest on road closures members of the community can visit the website www.livetraffic.com or contact their local councils.
Members of the public can also visit www.emergency.nsw.gov.au for a range of flood-related information.
For updated weather forecasts go to www.bom.gov.au
For all other emergencies, the public are advised to contact Triple Zero
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