Fourteen rescued as domestic NSW floods

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More than a dozen people have been rescued from flooding in NSW as heavy rains hit already saturated lands and full dams.

The SES said it received 14 floods in the 24 hours to 10:30 a.m. Friday, most from Wellington, UKTN, Orange and nearby areas.

Moderate to heavy rain on Thursday lifted the Bell River near Wellington to a moderate flood peak.

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More showers are expected for parts of inland NSW this weekend.

The weather bureau said windy conditions and saturated soil can knock down trees and structures.

The Macquarie River near Dubbo is expected to pass the moderate flood level around 5 p.m. Friday, but should peak well below the major flood level.

Major flooding is possible on the Macquarie River in Warren Municipality and on the Lachlan River near Jemalong.

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A major flood was reported at Euabalong on Friday morning.

“We urge the public to drive to the conditions and make smart, safe decisions,” said SES spokesman Greg Nash.

“Keep in mind that yesterday’s rain will affect some river systems around the state and river heights could change quickly.”

Residents are advised to check local weather forecasts and road closures at www.livetraffic.com before travelling.

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The SES received 98 requests for help in the 24 hours up to and including Friday morning.

– MONKEY

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