Eurobodalla Shire Council provided the following announcement:
NSW SES Moruya reports rain is easing. Flooding is more likely to be moderate in the Moruya River with reduced potential impacts on Moruya CBD and low lying residential areas. Residents and business owners should however continue to monitor SES updates.
More than 300mm of rain has fallen at Araluen in the upper Deua River. The river is rising rapidly as it becomes tidal closer to Moruya township, where it is known as Moruya River.
Areas west of Bodalla including Nerrigundah and Belowra have been isolated thanks to more than 200mm of rain causing the Tuross River to rise rapidly.
NSW SES and the EOC continue to monitor the levels closely.
Don't drive, ride or walk through flood waters.
These roads west of the highway in Eurobodalla's Deau and Belowra valleys will remain closed due to flooding until further notice.
River Road, Nelligen
Old Bolaro, Nelligen
Old Nelligen Road, Nelligen
Araluen Road at Kiora bridge
Eurobodalla Road, Bodalla (and beyond)
Haslingden Street, Moruya, near the showgrounds is closed due to flooding until further notice.
Motorists should take extra care and continue monitoring Live Traffic. Local roads already have water over them - please take extra care driving, drive with lights on, reduce your speed, and leave plenty of room between you and the car ahead.
Minor slips have occurred on the Kings Highway, but the road is open. Take extra care and monitor Live Traffic.
All Eurobodalla sportsgrounds are closed until further notice due to rain.
Deep Creek Dam and water use
Eurobodalla's water storage Deep Creek Dam is filling. Friday morning the dam was at 47.7% and reached 51% at 10am today. Water in the rivers is too dirty to pump at this stage, and the time water can continue to be pumped will depend on the extent of rain in the upper catchment. Level 4 water restrictions remain in place.
Council's water and sewer systems have been prepared to run without power if required.
Waterways and swimming
Rain will see ash, sediment and debris from fire-affected areas running into our creeks, rivers and the ocean. In normal circumstances Council says don't swim for three days after heavy rain. But the burnt landscape means water quality is expected to be poor for longer. If the beach looks murky, please don't swim in it.
No report of power loss today, however, residents should be prepared to lose power at home or work if heavy rain continues. Call Essential Energy on 13 20 80 if power is lost.
Eurobodalla's Emergency Operations Centre will provide community updates as required. These are distributed to media, social media, and community associations. Stay updated with local radio, SES website, Live Traffic. If your life is in danger call Triple Zero (000).
MORNING: The Moruya CBD and surrounds have been advised to be on alert for flooding on Monday, January 10, after copping an overnight deluge.
Moruya Business Chamber says Eurobodalla Shire Council infrastructure director Warren Sharpe has warned the town is at Watch and Wait status after copping 300ml of rain on Sunday night.
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Chamber officers Tim Dalrymple and Jude Manahan released the following statement:
"An announcement at midday will let us know if the warning is escalated to MAJOR. A major flood warning means that Moruya will flood within 5-6 hrs. Premises opposite Air Raid Tavern will flood first followed by all businesses along and east of Vulcan Street.
"For UPDATES listen to ABC SouthEast Radio (103.5 mHz FM) and refer to SES facebook page. https://www.facebook.com/NSWSES.MoruyaUnit/
"For information on what to do: https://www.ses.nsw.gov.au/flood-resources/during-a-flood/prepare-your-home-and-business/
"A major flood warning could eventuate so be prepared, action your flood plan."