SWAMPED: Windyhill Nursery staff member Denise Patteson looks on as the plants receive a drenching. Photo: MARK LOGAN 0301mlrain2AREAS around Suma Park Dam are being monitored by Orange City Council following continual rainfall across the region.

Areas surrounding Bulgas Road, the Second Crossing, Emu Swamp Road and Hiney Road are being monitored, however, as of late yesterday no road closures were in place.

Heavy rainfall has lashed much of the central west with the Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) warning heavier rainfalls are expected today.

Orange City Council corporate and community relations manager Nick Redmond said areas close to Suma Park Dam were safe despite water levels being 40 millimetres above the spillway.

Mr Redmond said the city’s stormwater drainage systems were built to cope with a lot of rain over a long period of time, and he was confident they would stand up to predicted rainfalls.

Should water reach amber alert levels, or 230 millimetres above the spillway, council will consult with the State Emergency Service (SES) for action to be taken.

By 5.30pm yesterday more than 14mm of rain had fallen, with the BOM predicting between 50mm and 100mm to fall today. A severe weather warning and flood watch is in place, with thunderstorms likely to produce flash flooding over the coming days.

Orange SES controller Kim Stevens said volunteers delivered more than 120 sandbags to 10 properties across the city yesterday as residents prepared themselves for flooding.

Sandbags were delivered to residents on Bathurst Road, Autumn Street, McLachlan Street and in Clifton Grove, according to Mr Stevens, who said it was a case of the community being prepared rather than being located in known flood zones.

“If the community learnt anything from the flood event in Quinlan Road recently, it is that this event could pretty much happen anywhere,” he said.

Stay tuned to the Central Western Daily’s website and Facebook page today for regular weather updates.

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