INUNDATED(above): The swollen Lachlan River spreads out over cropping and grazing country upstream from Forbes. This photo was taken by SES officers at 2pm on Sunday.EVACUATION orders for a major flood peak are expected to be rolled out around Forbes from today.
The flood peak is predicted to hit Forbes between tomorrow night and Thursday morning at a height of 10.65 metres at the Iron Bridge – equivalent to the August 1990 floods.
“There are procedures in place for evacuation warnings to get people out of their homes,” Forbes State Emergency Service (SES) controller Robert Walshaw said.
“People should be preparing themselves for the flood now. The people who were here in 1990 know who was affected. Those who got their feet wet then will get their feet wet again.”
Although evacuation warnings for areas in the north, south, south-west and eastern residential areas were released on Sunday, Mr Walshaw said residents must not confuse a warning with an evacuation order.
The warnings rolled out on Sunday were to give residents time to prepare for an evacuation.
By 3.30pm yesterday afternoon all primary and secondary schools in Forbes were closed until further notice.
Two men rescued from floodwaters in two days
At about 10am on Sunday a man was rescued from rising waters 45km east of Forbes on the Cowra Road.
The driver entered the floodwaters and became trapped, with the water level reaching the vehicle’s doors.
The rescue helicopter and Forbes and Gooloogong SES crews responded to the incident.
On arrival at the scene they found the driver had managed to climb onto the roof of the vehicle.
At 12.20pm yesterday Forbes SES together with Forbes police were called to a second incident where a vehicle had entered floodwaters.
The male driver attempted to dodge debris on Old Grenfell Road and ended up just off the edge of the road.
Forbes SES deputy controller Jordon L’Estrange urged residents to use commonsense near floodwater.
“Do not walk, drive or enter floodwater,” he said.
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