Thirty-five council areas in New South Wales and Queensland have been declared natural disaster zones with more areas likely to be announced as floodwaters continue to rise, prompting more evacuations.
New South Wales residents in the southern tablelands town of Goulburn are unable to return home after nearly 100 millimetres of rain fell in the area yesterday afternoon, causing roads and properties to flood.
Erin Pogmore from the SES says alternative accommodation has been made available.
“They are encouraged to go to the Goulburn Workers Club overnight where they will be looked after,” she said.
The city of Queanbeyan, near Canberra, has experienced its worst floods in decades, after the Queanbeyan River burst its banks yesterday morning.
About 100 people were evacuated.
Residents in Eugowra, in the central west of the state, have been issued evacuation warnings as Mandagery Creek continues to rise.
An evacuation centre has been opened at the local public school for those people who live in low-lying areas of the village.
Ms Pogmore says Mandagery Creek is expected to peak at at 8:00am.
“There’s heavy rain predicted across that whole area in the next six to 12 hours,” she said.
“There is a fair bit of water lying around in that area. The Eugowra town bridge is likely to be closed overnight with the access between the eastern and western parts of Eugowra being cut.”
There are warnings of low-level flooding around Albury as the Murray River continues to rise.
At Doctors Point in Albury, the Murray River is at 5.16 metres and rising.
Parts of Wagga Wagga are still underwater but the situation there is stable.
In Queensland the floods have claimed their fourth victim in just over a week.
Police have recovered the body of a 15-year-old boy who drowned at a flooded water hole on the Sunshine Coast.
Yesterday a man’s body was retrieved from a river at Nebo, west of Mackay.
An 81-year-old man also died when his ute was swept off a flooded causeway and into a creek on Friday night.
And a 55-year-old woman died when her car was swept off a flooded roadway near Dysart, north-west of Rockhampton in central Queensland, last week.
The Fitzroy River in Rockhampton is expected to peak at 7.8 metres early next week.
River levels in north-eastern Victoria are expected to peak in the next 24 hours.
Benalla, Myrtleford and Wangaratta are expected to face some minor flooding, while flood waters in Shepparton will peak on Saturday.
Trevor White of the SES says communities need to remain vigilant.
“It will be several days before the flood threat completely recedes,” he said.
“Obviously for those communities downstream from where the rivers are currently peaking it will be several days before the threat abates but it’s important that the community monitors the emergency broadcasters and keeps abreast of the flood situation.”