Flood Update for the Hawkesbury, Colo & Macdonald Rivers

Update: 16:30 Tuesday 5th July 2022 

The BOM has issued flooding warning no. 31 (3.59pm) with significant river level rises have been observed along the Mcdonald river at St Albans, with river levels currently above the March 2022 flood level (8.33 metres).

Significant river level rises have been observed along the Colo River upstream of Putty Road, with river levels currently slightly below the March 2022 flood level (16.66 metres).

Major flooding is occurring along the Hawkesbury River at North Richmond where river levels peaked at 14.18 metres early Monday morning. Renewed rises resulted in a second similar peak of 14.19 metres Monday evening. The peaks observed are slightly below the March 2021 flood level (14.38 metres) and higher than the March 2022 flood peak (14.08 metres).

Major flooding is occurring along the Hawkesbury River at Windsor, where river levels peaked at 13.93 metres around midday Tuesday, exceeding the March 2022 flood event (13.80 metres). Major flooding is occurring along the Hawkesbury River at Sackville, Lower Portland and Wisemans Ferry with levels above the March 2022 flood levels.

Yarramundi Bridge
Yarramundi bridge is CLOSED
**There is no river gauge currently operating.
North Richmond Bridge
North Richmond bridge is CLOSED
The Hawkesbury River at North Richmond (WPS) peaked at 14.18 metres around 03:15 am Monday. Renewed rises were observed overnight Monday with a second peak of 14.19 metres around midnight Monday. North Richmond is currently at 13.95 metres and falling very slowly, with major flooding. The Hawkesbury River at North Richmond (WPS) is likely to remain above the major flood level (10.50 m) for the remainder of Tuesday and into Wednesday.
The river is currently 13.77 m and steady at North Richmond (4.06pm)
Windsor Bridge
Windsor bridge is CLOSED
The Hawkesbury River at Windsor peaked at 13.93 metres midday Tuesday, with Major flooding, higher than the March 2022 flood level (13.80 metres). Windsor remains steady around its major flood peak and is expected to start falling very from Tuesday evening.
The river is currently 13.90 m and steady at Windsor (3.45pm)
Sackville
Sackville ferry is CLOSED
The Hawkesbury River at Sackville is expected to peak near 10.90 metres around 04:30 pm Tuesday, with major flooding.
The river is currently 10.87m and rising at Sackville Ferry (4.14pm)
Lower Portland
Lower Portland ferry is CLOSED
The Lower Portland gauge is currently offline. Lower Portland is estimated to be around 9.30 metres and approaching its major flood peak. The Hawkesbury River at Lower Portland is likely to peak near 9.50 metres (estimated) around 08:00 pm Tuesday, slightly higher and later than previously forecast, with major flooding.
Wisemans Ferry
Webbs Creek ferry is CLOSED
Wiseman’s ferry is CLOSED
The Hawkesbury River at Wisemans Ferry is expected to reach around 5.60 metres 06:00 pm Tuesday, with major flooding. Further rises are likely.
The river is currently 5.52m and steady at Wisemans Ferry (5.11pm)
Macdonald River Significant river level rises have been observed along the Mcdonald river at St Albans. The river is currently 9.81 m and rising at St Albans (4.13pm)
Colo River:
Major flooding is occurring along the Colo River.
The Colo River at Putty Road is currently around 10.70 metres and rising with major flooding (estimated). Further rises are possible. The Colo River at Putty Road is likely to reach the major flood level (11.20 m) around 08:30 pm Tuesday. Further rises are possible.
The river is currently 14.34 m and falling at Upper Colo (2.45pm).
NEW FLOOD EVACUATION WARNINGS MACDONALD VALLEY
Evacuation Warning
– Move to Higher Ground NSW SES is advising residents and businesses along the Macdonald River to Move to Higher Ground in the following area:
All low-lying properties in Central Macdonald, Lower Macdonald, Upper Macdonald, St Albans, and Wrights Creek.
SUPPORTING OUR ISOLATED COMMUNITIES
The NSW SES are supporting our more isolated communities with resupply food, medicine, fuel and fodder; and relocating persons in danger or in need of urgent transport. Boats will be operating out of Wiseman’s Ferry, Wilberforce and Windsor. A High Clearance Vehicle (HCV) is operating out of Wilberforce.
If you are isolated and require assistance with resupply or emergency transport, please call the NSW State Emergency Service on 132 500 or reach out through your community network.
FOR ASSISTANCE
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
ASSISTANCE WITH LIVESTOCK
Contact the Agricultural and Animal Services (AAS Functional Area) Hotline on 1800 814 647 for the following assistance:
  • animal assessment and veterinary assistance
  • stock euthanasia and burial
  • emergency fodder (up to 3 days supply)
  • emergency stock water
  • livestock feeding and management advice
  • care of animals in evacuation centres.
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