Rising floodwaters expected to inundate two rural NSW towns may cause problems with power and sewage for several days, despite lower and later-than-predicted peaks. Residents at Forbes are being advised to evacuate as the Lachlan River swells to an estimated peak of 10.7m by midnight Sunday following 17mm of rain overnight Saturday.

The ADF, NSWFRS, RFS and SES are at nearby Condobolin, building barricades with sandbags as they wait for the water to arrive, and it’s likely authorities will be busy in the area for another few weeks, SES spokeswoman Sue Pritchard said. “It’s slow to rise and slow to fall,” she said on Sunday evening. READ MORE