approaching floodwaters Walgett 15 December 2021 - photo Vanessa Hickey.

Floodwaters from the Macintyre River, combined with floodwaters from the Weir River, are causing Major flooding along the Barwon River at Mungindi.

 The Barwon River at Mungindi has now been above the Major flood leave for 5 days and is expected to remain high for a further 7 to 10 days.

These flood waters combined with floodwaters in the Namoi River are expected to cause Moderate flooding at Walgett.

The Barwon River at Walgett is expected to exceed the MODERATE flood level (12.00 m) from this Friday 17 December.

The Barwon River at Walgett may reach the major flood level (12.50 m) during Sunday 19th December 2021 into early next week.

Due to the volume of floodwater travelling along the Barwon and Namoi Rivers, the Barwon River at Walgett is expected to remain above the moderate flood level for an extended duration between 10-14 days.

  • At current river height predictions, the Castlereagh Highway south of Walgett is expected to remain open.
  • Floodwaters are expected to close the Kamilaroi Highway west of Walgett at Dangar Bridge with no direct access to Cumborah or Brewarrina.
  • Flood water is expected to close the Castlereagh Highway north of Walgett at Pagan Creek this Saturday 18th December preventing road access to Lightning Ridge and Collarenebri and is likely to remain closed for up to 14 days (until 29th – 30th December 2021).
  • Namoi and Gingie Village are expected to become isolated by this Saturday 18th December for up to 10-14 days.
  • Residents living in these communities are advised to relocate to family and friends over the Christmas and New Year period.
  • NSW SES will establish a daily ferry service for residents of Gingi and Namoi Village into Walgett for essential services only.
  • NSW SES has teams in place and residents are asked to contact 132500 should they need any assistance including resupply during isolation.
  • Tourists and visitors are advised to reconsider travel plans as roads may close at short notice and isolate travellers and tourists in the area for an extended period.

 More information from SES.