Flood barriers installed as precaution ahead of rain event

Published: 08 Sep 2016 1:41pm

Flood barriers have been set up at the Wollundry Lagoon this morning as a preventative measure for localised flooding of the Civic Centre precinct.

The barriers on the southern side of the lagoon are precautionary only, City of Wagga Wagga Acting General Manager Robert Knight said.

"Considering the current level of the Murrumbidgee River and weather predictions for Friday leading into the weekend, it was decided the barriers would be set up to protect the Civic Centre precinct from any localised flooding," Mr Knight said.

"This risk-management strategy has been deployed on numerous occasions since localised flooding was experienced in 2012. They are instigated to avoid costly inundation of Wollundry Lagoon flows into the lower level of the Civic Centre.

"I would like to assure residents that this measure is simply precautionary and there should be no need for concern."

Since Friday last week Council staff have provided 24-hour flood-management monitoring and response to the minor flood event at Wagga Wagga.

Council's emergency response team remains in constant contact with the State Emergency Service to ensure a high level of preparedness if they are called to respond.

Staff have been monitoring water over roads and closing flooded roads as necessary. Since last week 12 roads have been closed in the Local Government Area, including Wiradjuri Reserve. Parts of the Wagga Wagga Beach and Lake Albert walking tracks are also closed.

"A number of these roads remain closed and there could be more closures with the impending rain forecast for tomorrow and the weekend," Mr Knight said.

"Some of the regions roads have also deteriorated in the recent wet weather. We remind motorists to drive to the conditions and never drive through flood waters."

A full list of road closures are available at www.wagga.nsw.gov.au/roads

Updates on the current minor flood event at Wagga Wagga are available at www.bom.gov.au/nsw/warnings/ and www.ses.nsw.gov.au