Rain not an issue despite full dam

Rain again hit Dubbo and the surrounding region on Wednesday, but despite rising river levels, the SES said it wasn’t cause for alarm.

Up to midnight Wednesday, the Bureau of Meteorology had predicted between 10 and 20 millimetres of rain, SES Macquarie deputy region controller Phil Lalor said.

At this stage [the rain] shouldn't be any issue for Dubbo. - Phil Lalor

On Wednesday morning the Macquarie River at Dubbo was recorded at 3.55 metres and rising. At Wellington it was 5.36 and steady, while at Narromine it was measured at 6.6 metres but falling.

By noon 2.8mm of rain had fallen in Dubbo.

Nynagn had a whopping 13mm before lunchtime, while Trangie only saw 1.6mm and Wellington had 5mm.

The rain was forecast mainly to fall in the southern part of the central tablelands, Mr Lalor said.

“At this stage it shouldn’t be an issue for Dubbo,” he said.

While there was some rain Tuesday night which had created puddles in the low-lying areas and some rising in the river due to releases from Burrendong Dam, Mr Lalor said there was no concern about flooding.

Mr Lalor said the situation was constantly monitored and if there were any changes the SES would revise its plans.

On Tuesday Burrendong Dam storage was almost at 130 per cent, according to WaterNSW spokesperson Tony Webber, which meant around one-third of its flood surge capacity remained.

“Burrendong releases were increased to a rate of 25 gigalitres per day on Tuesday, in the lead up to more inflows expected from rain forecast for Wednesday,” Mr Webber said.

“These releases will be scaled back as gauges start to indicate that flows in downstream tributaries such as the Bell and Little Rivers are rising, to ensure that dam releases to not add to downstream river heights.”

Up to 2mm of rain has been forecast for Dubbo on Thursday and no further rain has been forecast up to Tuesday September 27.

There has been 121.8mm of rain in Dubbo so far in September. Friday September 2 has been the wettest day of the month with 23.2mm recorded.

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