- The entire central west region of NSW is on high alert for renewed inundation.
- Two people are believed to be missing in the town of Eugowra.
- Forbes residents face their second disaster in a fortnight.
Also believed to be missing is Ljubisa “Les” Vugec, 85, who was last seen at his home in Eugowra about 9am on Monday.
Crews have been door-knocking and sandbagging since 120mm of rain fell in a matter of hours early on Monday, causing ferocious flash flooding and forcing Wyangala Dam to spill into the swollen Lachlan River.
Just hours later, they climbed out a window and waded through waist-deep water as a torrent tore through the village.
Eugowra resident Kelly Chambers says she family had to escape through window of their home during flash flooding in the town. Source: AAP / MURRAY MCCLOSKEY
Ms Chambers, her husband, their three children and her parents eventually found a truck trailer to perch on among a group of about 20 people and seven dogs.
Eugowra residents have described two sudden and intense surges of water flowing through the town, washing away houses, knocking over structures and leaving destruction like a “warzone”.
The major regional NSW centre of Forbes is still recovering from the last major flood that hit the town. Credit: CRAIG DWYER
On Tuesday afternoon Fire and Rescue NSW crews helped find eight people reported missing. They discovered upturned cars, including a van in a tree, a stricken ambulance, flattened sheds and damaged roads.
The SES is planning to deploy more international teams, with storms predicted in the state’s south on the weekend.