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Caitlin Cassidy

Major flooding likely at Singleton this afternoon

As the New South Wales floods move north, parts of the Hunter are bracing for wild weather while others are crossing their fingers they remain in the safe zone.

Maurice Collison is the mayor of the Upper Hunter Shire, a council covering Murrurundi, Scone, Aberdeen and Merriwa. They’ve been saved from rainfall this time around, with all eyes on the Lower Hunter.

A flooded park in Wollombi in the Hunter Valley.
A flooded park in Wollombi in the Hunter Valley. Photograph: Bhret Mcintyre

Head south-east of Merriwa, and you’ll hit the New England highway, currently shut off at Singleton due to rising flood waters.

The BoM has warned major flooding is likely at Singleton from this afternoon, with river levels forecast to be well above the March 2022 flood level of 13.15 metres.

“We’re lucky we’re on the edge of it,” Collison said.

In the whole shire we only have one road out west that’s closed … the rest are all open. We’re very very lucky, but our neighbours aren’t.

We’ve offered assistance if that’s needed. We certainly wish them all the best in getting over this flood event, we’ve had our fair share over the years.

Water is a very dangerous thing … we have to be cautious and take orders from SES and the police.

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