A five-year-old child is missing after two cars were swept away by floodwaters in central-western New South Wales.
- Emergency services are waiting to access the submerged cars
- The four rescued people have been taken by ambulance to Dubbo Hospital
- There are 19 flood warnings across the state
Police say two cars were traveling along McGrane Way near Tullamore at about 8pm on Friday when they became trapped in floodwaters.
Emergency services rescued four of the occupants who were found clinging to trees.
However, the five-year-old child remains missing and police are waiting to access the submerged vehicles.
The four rescued people have been taken by ambulance to Dubbo Hospital for treatment.
Tullamore is about 90 kilometers north-west of Parkes.
Across NSW, there are 19 flood warnings in place, and the State Emergency Service [SES] has conducted five flood rescues overnight.
The area of most concern is around Gunnedah in the state’s north-east.
SES volunteers have door-knocked some residents, warning them to be on alert.
Bureau of Meteorology [BOM] forecaster Grace Legge said the catchment is saturated and the peak from the Peel River and outflows from Keepit Dam are combining.
“It will affect those low-lying areas — anyone near the river systems can be definitely impacted with water over the roads and crossings as well so as always ‘if it’s flooded, forget it’,” she said.
“The levels could be higher than the flood levels that were experienced last weekend as well, just from the recent rainfall we are just seeing a lot of water that’s pushing through, so it’s combining from outflows from multiple areas and pushing down into the Gunnedah area .”
The Namoi River passed the major flood level on Friday night. It is currently at 8.21 meters and rising.
That is higher than the peak last weekend, which flooded at least four properties.
The SES said the river could reach 8.30 meters, which might impact Gunnedah Airport.