Getting bad news about the weather basically always sucks. However, the sooner that you know that a tragedy might smack you, the sooner you can get prepped. That’s why it’s important to check if the Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) is worried about your home. This is because flooding might be heading your way.
The BOM has issued more than a dozen flood warnings across the south east of the country as severe multi-day rainfall is set to drench us from Thursday, August 11 to Saturday.
“Widespread rain and the chance of storms” will be hitting much of inland NSW and parts of northern Victoria, the BOM have announced.
This news comes after moderate to major flood warnings were issued last week for similar parts of the country. Western Australia has also had a freak snow event as Australia continues to be rocked by the coldest winter in years.
Where in Australia Might Flood?
Heavy rainfall is expected to burst river banks and hit low-lying properties. Mainly its local catchment areas near rivers that the BOM are concerned about.
Flood warnings have been issued for the following catchment areas in NSW:
Upper Macintyre River
Macquarie River to Bathurst
Orange, Molong and Bell River
Macquarie River d/s Burrendong Dam
Lachlan River to Cotton’s Weir
Murrumbidgee River to Wagga Wagga
Further warnings have also been issued for these areas of VIC:
Ovens and King Rivers
What Do You Do During a Flood in Australia?
The SES NSW has recommended a bunch of stuff you can do to take care of yourself in such a crisis. They’ve stated that you should stack your possessions on benches and tables, with your electrical items on top. Your high-up possessions should include items like waste containers, chemicals, and poisons, as you don’t want these nasties leaking into your potentially flooded home.
Importantly, you should listen to your local radio station for info and keep in touch with your neighbours. Be prepared to evacuate, and do so as early as possible to avoid congestion. And never ever drive, ride, or walk through floodwater. Moreover, make sure you have a Home or Business FloodSafe Plan. If you don’t have one, get prepping.