Moruya residents woke to some good news this morning, August 10, after flood levels on the Moruya River peaked lower than predicted.
SES issued an evacuation order on Sunday evening, advising people within Moruya CBD, east of the Princes Highway, to evacuate to higher grounds.
On Monday morning, Moruya SES assessed the situation and gave the "all clear" for Moruya CBD at 11am, as flooding had eased on the Moruya River.
It is now safe to return to the following areas:
- Shore Street
- Church Street
- Queen Street
- Ford Street
- Campbell Street
- East of Murray Street towards to Princes Highway
- John Street
The Bureau of Meteorology issued the following update at 7.42 am:
The Deua River at Wamban peaked near the major flood level on Sunday afternoon, and the river is currently falling, with minor flooding.
River levels on the Moruya River at Moruya peaked lower than expected, where a minor flood peak of 2.10 metres was observed around 1am Monday.
The river level at Moruya has now fallen below the minor flood level.
Minor flooding is occurring along the Deua River.
The Deua River at Wamban peaked around 8.00 metres Sunday afternoon with major flooding and is currently around 6.15 metres and falling, with minor flooding.
The Moruya River at Moruya Bridge peaked at 2.10 metres around 01:00 am Monday with minor flooding. The river level has fallen below the minor flood level (2.0 metres) at 3:00am Monday.
If your property has been affected by floodwater:
- Make sure your property is safe before entering. Check for damage to windows, walls and the roof and be careful of potential dangers including asbestos.
- Make sure the electricity and gas is turned off before going inside. Use a torch to carry out inspections inside buildings.
- If power points, electrical equipment, appliances or electrical hot water systems have been exposed to floodwater or are water damaged in any way, they must be inspected by a qualified electrician before use.
- Gas appliances and gas bottles that have been exposed to floodwater should be inspected for safety before use.
- Wear suitable protective clothing, including boots and gloves when cleaning up.
- Be aware of any slip, trip or fall hazards.
- Never eat food which has been in contact with floodwater.
- Only use clean utensils and personal items.
- Have a supply of fresh drinking water.
For more information:
For emergency help in floods and storms, call the NSW State Emergency Service on 132 500. In life threatening situations call triple zero (000) immediately.