Namoi River breaks its banks in state’s north-west, forcing rescues and evacuations

Farmers in north-west NSW are preparing to be cut off after the Namoi River broke its banks, inundating rural towns and sparking several flood rescues.

The Bureau of Meteorology has issued flood warnings for the river, including major flooding at Wee Waa and Gunnedah after the river peaked early on Sunday.

State Emergency Service workers in Gunnedah after the Naomi River flooded.

State Emergency Service workers in Gunnedah after the Naomi River flooded.Credit:NSW SES

State Emergency Service spokesman David Rankine said five low-lying houses in Gunnedah were flooded, while a levee was expected to keep water at bay in the town of Wee Waa.

Farmers in the Wee Waa region will most likely be cut off due to the state of wet, unsealed roads, and have been advised to move their livestock and machinery to higher ground.

Emergency services are on call to deliver supplies to farming families who become isolated.

He said there were about 20 rescues across the New England region at the weekend, mostly involving people who drove through floodwater.

Roads at Gunnedah are closed after the Naomi River flooded.

Roads at Gunnedah are closed after the Naomi River flooded. Credit:SES

“That was a bit disappointing, people not being responsible behind the wheel,” Rankine told the ABC on Monday.

“That takes a lot of the effort away from our volunteers to help community members when we’re fishing people out of their cars.”

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