NSW roads cut but showers tipped to clear


Showers are starting to clear across New South Wales, but flood recovery efforts in the mid-west and Riverina areas of the state are just getting started.

The Bureau of Meteorology says the interrupted weather continues, with a late-season squall of cold and windy weather moving over south-eastern Australia.

The popular ski town of Thredbo recorded the highest rainfall this week at 186.2mm, as well as the highest wind gusts across the state at 102km/h.

In a respite for flooded cities, showers will become more isolated and contract in coastal and mountainous areas.

A high pressure system will develop over southern Australia from Wednesday, bringing a gradual clearing of conditions and warmer temperatures later this week.

However, as the waters slide downstream, the flood response will only intensify.

The State Emergency Service is continuing its preparations along the Lachlan River in Euabalong and the Edward River in Deniliquin, with sandbags, resupply and evacuation assistance.

The riverside town of Moulamein is isolated and its 500 residents were told to evacuate under escort on Tuesday afternoon or risk being stranded for weeks.

SES Deputy Commissioner Dean Storey said many domestic routes had been cut.

He also warned against driving in flood waters in what became a repeated safety message.

“The number one cause of death in floods is people driving, climbing or walking through floodwaters,” Mr Storey said.

Regional Roads Minister Sam Farraway said 200 Transport for NSW contractors and workers would be deployed to the mid-west and the Riverina to help reconnect the road network.

‘Early estimates from councils indicate that 10,000 kilometers of road have been affected which will take several months to repair,’ he said.

Major flooding is still occurring in Condobolin and Euabalong, where the Lachlan River could crest eight meters by Thursday, more than the 1952 floods.

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