River falling, for now

The McIntyre River at 1.30pm in Goondiwindi was 7.4 metres and is subsiding slowly for the moment.

Flood pumps in operation near the boat-ramp.

Flood pumps in operation near the boat-ramp.

Falls of around 25mm (1 inch) of rain fell upstream of Goondiwindi last night and with the volume of water already in the McIntyre River, it is expected to get to Goondiwindi quicker than normal with a rise noticeable from early Tuesday morning. This rise may affect some of the river roads and motorists are requested to monitor the situation closely and undertake travel in daylight hours where possible.

An accurate prediction will be available tomorrow but it is expected to be slightly higher than the 8.01 metres of this flood.

Further rain is predicted for Wednesday and council will monitor this event closely and keep people updated as to any rises. The storm water drainage gates will remain closed and the pumps will be activated if the town receives a heavy downpour.

Once again, I stress there is no cause for concern at this stage. There is more rain predicted for Wednesday and that event will be monitored closely by council and updates provided.

In the meantime, please refrain from entering any flooded waterways and keep your regular supplies of emergency equipment on hand. There is no need for panic buying of supplies.

For new residents in town that may not have experienced the McIntyre River in flood, the record flood in 2011 reached a peak of 10.64 metres

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