MINOR flooding hit parts of the northern region yesterday after heavy rains on the back of ex-tropical cyclone Oswald.
Heavy local rain saw the Mehi River at Moree peak near
6 metres at 10am yesterday morning, while there was minor flooding at Gravesend when the Gwydir River nearly reached 7 metres.
A minor flood peak was expected at Yarraman Bridge in the evening and minor flooding was also anticipated along the Macintyre River at Boggabilla.
But flood waters peaked lower than expected at Breeza, causing a revision of the river height prediction for Gunnedah.
It is now believed the Namoi River will peak below minor flood level today.
Localised flooding in the Gunnedah, Moree Plains, Liverpool Plains and Narrabri shires saw at least 50 roads closed, including the Kamilaroi, Newell, Gwydir and Bruxner highways.
SES North West region operations officer Wes Macpherson said volunteers had undertaken two flood rescues, including one near Tenterfield where a woman had her car winched out of a creek.
Another involved the rescue of two men and a dog who had been stranded on the wrong side of the Timbarra River for four days.
Volunteers had carried out about 30 jobs in recent days, he said, many where water had flowed into people’s houses as the ground became saturated.
Mr Macpherson said it was expected some rural properties would become isolated as floodwaters spread overland.
In the SES Namoi region, volunteers received 60 requests for assistance on Monday and a further 10 yesterday.
Duty officer Matthew Whitmore said most related to fallen trees and damaged roofs.
With warnings in place for the region, he urged people to not walk, ride or drive through floodwaters.