FloodingThe township of Darlington Point is located on the floodplain of the Murrumbidgee River in western NSW and is home to over 1,000 people. The township is divided by the Murrumbidgee River into North Darlington Point and Darlington Point, which is located on the southern side of the Murrumbidgee River. Darlington Point is subject to both riverine and major overland flow flooding. Flooding of the Murrumbidgee River at Darlington Point has occurred on a number of occasions in the past, most notably in 1891, 1956, 1974 2010, 2012 and 2016.
Darlington Point is protected from riverine flooding by an existing levee, which was upgraded in 2020. These upgrade works were expected to provide a levee that would cater for a 1 in 100 year flood plus 1 metre freeboard (Worley Parsons, 2009). The areas of Darlington Point within the levee are prone to overland flow flooding when elevated Murrumbidgee River water levels can prevent local runoff from draining through the levee system and into the river.
The catchment of the Murrumbidgee River to Darlington Point is approximately 32,000 square kilometres.
Keeping informed when there is a flood eventFor emergency help in floods and storms, call the NSW State Emergency Service on 132 500.
In life threatening situations call triple zero (000) immediately.
Contacts and further information
• Listen to your local radio stations (ABC Riverina 97.9 FM or 100.5 FM)
• NSW SES website and Facebook contains information and safety advice: www.ses.nsw.gov.au/flood or www.facebook.com/NSW.SES
• Murrumbidgee SES Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MERRHQ
• Access rural animal and livestock assistance at Local Land Services: www.lls.nsw.gov.au
• Follow the latest weather warnings, rainfall and river heights: http://www.bom.gov.au/nsw