31 October 2022

VIDEO: Flash flooding turns Wagga streets into rivers

| Chris Roe
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Flash flooding closed Wagga streets on Monday afternoon. Photo: Adam Drummond.

A heavy downpour early on Monday afternoon transformed Wagga streets into rivers as flash flooding cut several major roads and sent residents scurrying for cover.

The Bureau of Meteorology had predicted storms for the Riverina and issued a severe storm warning with the promise of wind and rain preceding a cold snap in the days ahead.

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Wagga received more than 22mm of rain between 2 pm and 3:30 pm on Monday afternoon with flooding temporarily closing sections of several major roads including the Olympic Highway and the Sturt Highway on the eastern side of town.

Police and council were kept busy across the city, redirecting traffic and Region’s Adam Drummond was among those stranded by the sudden downpour as water cut off Plumpton and Brindabella roads in Tatton.

In a video, he described the scene.

“In just minutes Plumpton road has become a river flowing!” he says over pictures of the muddy torrent.

“Only about 15 minutes ago, I drove up Plumpton road and turned right into Stirling Boulevard and within that 15-minute timeframe, this is what’s happened!”

The forecast for the evening remains grim with a very high chance of showers, the chance of a thunderstorm, possibly severe with destructive winds and large hail.

Take care and don’t drive through floodwaters!

For the latest information from the NSW SES, follow them on Facebook or on their website.

For the latest weather, warnings, rainfall and river heights go to the BOM website.

For the latest road closures go to the Live Traffic website or call 132 701.

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.

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