Manning River levels falling after minor flooding at Wingham

Bridge closed: The Bight Bridge at Wingham on Monday morning, March 20. The bridge is no longer inundated, but remains closed to traffic. Photo: Sam Brownrigg

Bridge closed: The Bight Bridge at Wingham on Monday morning, March 20. The bridge is no longer inundated, but remains closed to traffic. Photo: Sam Brownrigg

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NSW SES Mid North Coast are winding down operations after what has been an ‘extremely busy’ weekend.

Across the MidCoast area SES crews attended 120 calls, with the Forster/Pacific Palms crew attending 26, Gloucester three, Harrington seven, Taree City 60, Wingham 20, and Stroud four. Most of the calls were related to storm water damage due to heavy rains.

A Rural Fire Service (RFS) helicopter with RFS level three flood rescue technicians was based at the SES Mid North Coast headquarters at Kolodong and was deployed to a few incidents across the Mid North Coast. 

The Manning River at Wingham experienced minor flooding with the Manning River peaking at six metres at Wingham and more than eight metres at Killawarra on Sunday night. 

River levels are currently falling and levels at Wingham are now below the minor flood level, however the Bight Bridge is still closed.

With no significant rain falling since Sunday afternoon, the Manning River at Taree and downstream is expected to remain below the minor flood level.

As at 7am this morning, Monday March 20, river levels were as follows:

  • Gloucester River at Gloucester 1.99 metres and falling.
  • Manning River at Mount George 3.71 metres and falling.
  • Manning River at Killawarra Bridge 6.28 metres and falling.
  • Manning River at Wingham 4.56 and metres falling.
  • Manning River at Taree 1.27 and metres falling.
  • Manning River at Croki Wharf 1.02 and metres falling.
  • Manning River at Harrington 0.32 and metres falling.

Over the last seven days Taree received 259 ml of rain, Gloucester 198 ml and Forster 135 ml.

Lidia O’Gorman reported she received 107.4 mm over 12 hours alone at Mooral Creek.

Rain will continue during the week with another east coast low expected to hit NSW on the weekend, according to the SES.

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