Minor flooding has been occurring along the Narrabri Creek as the Namoi River continues to rise.

Rising water levels are causing great concern downstream, where water levels have exceeded 7.10 metres at Wee Waa (Glencoe).

Current river data, as at 10am on Friday, shows Wee Waa (Glencoe) with 7.12 metres, well above major flood status of 6.7 metres.

Narrabri Creek’s most recent river height data, as at 8am on Friday, shows 6.29 metres nearing the moderate flood level of 6.4 metres.

A flood bulletin issued by the SES on Friday morning said water levels around Wee Waa are expected to remain around 7.1 metres for at least a week.

Prolonged isolation is expected for the Wee Waa community, the SES advised.

At Narrabri Creek, current projections have the peak height reaching 6.5 metres by Friday evening. However, further rises are possible.

“At this height, no properties over floor height will be inundated,” the SES said online.

“It will start entering properties’ yards around the edge of the river and the creek.”

In its flood bulletin, the SES advised that renewed rises had been observed further upstream at Breeza Station. It said this could cause renewed rises at Gunnedah.

The Namoi River peaked at 8.25 metres at 3.45am on Wednesday in Gunnedah.

In Boggabri, minor flooding was occurring along the Namoi River with levels peaking at 7.98 metres around 1pm on Thursday.

Renewed upstream rises have been observed at Tambar Springs overnight Thursday into Friday which is likely to cause renewed rises at Boggabri, the SES advised.

SES advice – what you need to do:

• ACT NOW, before it’s too late.

• Prepare now to minimise damage to your property and possessions.

• Consider evacuation as an option if severe flooding is predicted. Deciding to remain in your home when it is inundated or surrounded by floodwater can be dangerous.

• Ensure you can leave the area safely if flooding worsens.

• Stay up to date with information. Listen to flood warnings and follow advice on how to protect yourself, family, and property.

• People working or camping along the Namoi River should relocate to higher ground.

• Farmers and landholders are advised to relocate livestock, pumps, chemicals and equipment to higher ground. Do not wait until the flood peak approaches.

• Be aware of vermin, snakes and spiders seeking refuge from flood waters.

• If you become trapped by rising floodwater, seek refuge in the highest part of a sturdy building. Stay there and call triple zero (000) if you need rescue.

• Never drive, walk or play in floodwaters. Floodwater may be deep, fast flowing and may contain hidden snags and debris.

For emergency help in floods and storms, call the NSW State Emergency Service on 132 500. In life threatening situations call triple zero (000) immediately.

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