While the rest of the state is largely on high alert due to the torrential rain coming from the Northern Territory in the past week, Forbes, unlike other towns in the Central West, remains unscathed.
At the time of publication, Forbes SES had reported no incidents despite the deluge of rain which as of March 22 had exceeded the monthly rainfall from 2020 with still over a week left in the month.
Roc Walshaw, Forbes SES Local Area Commander said that at current river and dam levels, there was no need for concern.
“The dam isn’t anywhere near capacity however if we keep getting strong showers in concentrated spots it can change quickly,” Walshaw said.
With most of NSW declared a natural disaster zone from the Mid-North Coast to the Illawarra, Forbes, notorious for flooding has been one of the luckier locales.
“Trust me when I say you’ll know if it’s going to happen here,” Walshaw said.
“We will be prepared and we have a great unit,” he said. “It’s all about preparation so when we need to perform during times of crisis like floods we are ready to go!”
Walshaw did caution people to be careful in floodwaters especially when driving and to take care.
“Don’t mess about in floodwater,” he said. “It’s not worth it.”
For more info or if you require assistance due to flood, storm and tsunami emergencies, please phone NSW SES on 132 500.