Minor flooding alert issued for Bega River, other rivers in region surge in height

Causeway closure on Tathra-Bermagui Rd at Wapengo on Monday morning. Picture: Alasdair McDonald
Causeway closure on Tathra-Bermagui Rd at Wapengo on Monday morning. Picture: Alasdair McDonald

A minor flooding alert was issued for the Bega River on Monday morning, while other lakes and rivers in the region have also surged in height.

A Flood Watch reported by the Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) stated from Monday into Tuesday rainfall associated with a low pressure system has the potential to cause local and minor riverine flooding across NSW South Coast catchments, with minor flooding at the Bega River.

BOM stated the weather system is expected to cause flooding for the catchments from late Monday onwards.

By 10am on Monday, the Bega River was at 2.16metres in height at Bega North, which was below the flood level but still rising, BOM recorded.

At Kanoona the Bega River was 3.2m, the Brogo River was 3.73m at Angledale and the Bemboka River was 2.1m at Morans Crossing.

Wallaga Lake was 1.14m by 10am on Monday, while on July 17 it was 0.684m.

Bega Valley Shire Council has previously said the trigger point for opening Wallaga Lake is 1.25m or between 1.1m and 1.25m for three months.

By Monday morning the Pambula River, measured at Lochiel, was 1.3m.

In Bombala, the Bombala River was at 1.7m and under the flood level but still rising.

Flood Safety Advice

This Flood Watch means that people living or working along rivers and streams must monitor the latest weather forecasts and warnings and be ready to move to higher ground should flooding develop.

Flood Warnings will be issued if Minor Flood Level is expected to be exceeded at key sites along the main rivers for which the Bureau of Meteorology provides a flood warning service.

Severe Weather Warnings will be issued or updated if very heavy rain is forecast or observed.

For more information on the Flood Watch Service click here.

FloodSafe advice is available here.

For emergency assistance call the SES on telephone number 132 500

For life threatening emergencies, call 000 immediately

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