Prepare now. Be alert. Act early!

You can safeguard your property by checking that your roof, guttering, downpipes and drains are free from debris. If your gutters or downpipes are blocked and we get heavy rain, it could flow into your roof cavity, causing serious damage. You should also trim trees and branches that could potentially fall on your home or property.

Other tips are:
  • Review your Home Emergency Plan - Households that plan for emergencies significantly reduce losses associated with disasters
  • Check your insurance
  • Prepare an emergency kit in case you lose power or need to leave your home
  • Be kind to each other - we've faced one challenge after another of late. Look out for each and reach out if you need support.
  • In life threatening emergencies, call 000 (triple zero) immediately.
  • If you require rescue, assistance to evacuate or other emergency help, ring NSW SES on 132 500.
  • Keep up to date with the latest news and warnings:
Planning now can minimise damage to your property and possessions. 

Find out more at https://www.ses.nsw.gov.au/disaster-tabs-header/storm/

The SES Warning System

Warning levels and action statements

There are three levels within the AWS - Advice, Watch & Act and Emergency Warning. For each level, there are a series of clear action statements to guide positive action by the community. These include ‘stay informed’, ‘prepare to evacuate’ and ‘move to higher ground’ as shown below:

  • Advice - an incident has started. Stay up to date in case the situation changes.
    • Stay informed
    • Monitor conditions
    • Reduced threat: return with caution
  • Watch and Act - conditions are changing and you need to start taking action now to protect you and your family.
    • Do not enter floodwater
    • Prepare to evacuate
    • Prepare to isolate
    • Avoid the area
  • Emergency Warning - the highest level of warning. You may be in danger and need to take action immediately.
    • Evacuate now / Evacuate before [time]
    • Shelter now
    • Move to higher ground 

Warning levels

Keeping informed in a flood event

In life threatening situations call triple zero (000) immediately.

If you require rescue, assistance to evacuate, sandbags, feed for isolated livestock or other emergency help, ring NSW SES on 132 500.The SES is the lead agency in all flood events.

Mental health support

Look out for each other and don’t hesitate to reach out for support. 
Here’s some options:

Lifeline – 13 11 14 (24/7) or https://www.lifeline.org.au/

13YARN – 13 9276 (24/7) or https://www.13yarn.org.au/
Beyond Blue – 1300 22 4636 (24/7) or https://www.beyondblue.org.au/
Rural Adversity Mental Health Program – 1800 879 096 or https://ramhp.com.au/
Black Dog Institute - https://www.blackdoginstitute.org.au/resources-support/
Murrumbidgee Accessline - 1800 800 944
Rural Aid - free, confidential support for farmers and their families - 1300 175 594 Monday to Friday 9 am to 5 pm AEST

Please speak to your GP if you have serious concerns for your mental health. They made be able to provide a telehealth consultation.

For emergency support, please call Triple Zero (000) or head to your nearest emergency department.
Road closures/changes

Visit: https://www.murrumbidgee.nsw.gov.au/cp_themes/default/page.asp?p=DOC-THJ-15-00-71#

Primary Industries Natural Disaster Damage Survey
Primary producers and landholders impacted by floods are asked to fill out the Primary Industries Natural Disaster Damage Survey.

The survey is used by NSW Department of Primary Industries, Local Land Services, farmers and agricultural industry representatives to record damage to primary production and animals from natural disasters. 

Your input will help the government to understand the impact of this disaster on agriculture. This data will help direct resources and support across NSW. Submitting details of your damages and losses as soon as possible will help DPI to determine: 

  • the area the natural disaster has impacted and the scale of the event
  • the severity of the impact
  • the value of impact to primary production
  • where and what assistance or resources may be needed.

The damage survey allows you to: 

  • complete a simple survey the number of crops, animals, infrastructure and other primary industries damaged in a single event
  • add photos to the assessment
  • see the severity of damage in your area.

Financial Support for flood affected businesses and community members

Use the NSW Government Disaster Assistance Finder to see what assistance you may be eligible for: https://disasterassistance.service.nsw.gov.au/

Information on disaster assistance can be found on the Australian Government’s Disaster Assist website at www.disasterassist.gov.au or More detailed information

Residents, business and community organisations in Murrumbidgee Local Government Area are eligible for jointly funded disaster assistance following severe storms and flooding that continue to impact large areas of New South Wales.

Assistance available may include:

  • Primary producers: Concessional loans up to $130,000Transport subsidy up to $15,000
  • Small business: Concessional loans up to $130,000
  • Not-for-profit/community organisations: Concessional loans up to $25,000Donated fodder transport subsidy
  • Sporting clubs: Concessional loans up to $10,000
  • NSW Government help for eligible people whose homes or belongings have been damaged (eligibility criteria apply): https://www.service.nsw.gov.au/transaction/apply-flood-recovery-disaster-relief-grant
  • Support for local councils to help with the costs of cleaning up and restoring damaged essential public assets;
  • Concessional interest rate loans for small businesses, primary producers and non-profit organisations; and
  • Freight subsidies for primary producers.
  • $75,000 Special Disaster Grants are now open for primary producers in local government areas impacted by the current severe weather and flooding events. Find out more
  • Rural Landholder Grants - The NSW and Australian Governments have announced Rural Landholder Grants of up to $10,000 for landholders and oyster farmers who have been impacted by severe flooding events that began on 4 August 2022 and also from 14 September 2022. A full list of eligible LGAs can be viewed on our Declared Natural Disasters webpage. Applications for the Rural Landholder Grant will open soon
  • For personal hardship and distress assistance, contact Service NSW on 13 77 88.
  • To apply for a concessional loan, contact the NSW Rural Assistance Authority on 1800 678 593 or visit www.raa.nsw.gov.au.
  • Stock and Animal Welfare: Call the Agricultural and Animal Service hotline on 1800 816 647 for help with:

    • Livestock assessments and veterinary assistance
    • Emergency fodder where access allows
    • Euthanasia and burial if required.

If you are isolated

In life threatening situations, call triple zero (000) immediately.

If you require rescue, assistance to evacuate, sandbags, feed for isolated livestock or other emergency help, ring NSW SES on 132 500.The SES is the lead agency in all flood events.

If you need essential resupply or essential transport (for example, for an essential medical appointment):
  • Call the NSW SES on 132 500 and provide:
    • Your name and contact number
    • Name and contact number for the person who needs assistance (if you're applying on behalf of someone else)
    • Residential or business address 
    • Pick up address and delivery address
  • You will be provided with a reference number
  • Contact your local supplier (eg a supermarket), pay for the goods and arrange them to be delivered to the NSW SES site. Ensure your supplier packages your order appropriately and marks it with the property/person name, address, contact details and NSW SES reference number
  • NSW SES will arrange delivery to the isolated location

Cleaning up after a flood
Visit: https://www.ses.nsw.gov.au/flood-resources/after-a-flood/cleaning-up-after-a-flood/
Donating to communities affected by flooding

Be smart in how you help people affected by storms and flooding. GIVIT is the smart way to give to support recovery after devastating storms and flooding across New South Wales, Victoria and Queensland.
Please do not send unrequested donations to impacted areas. Unrequested donations hinder recovery efforts. Together we can ensure quality donations do not go to waste. GIVIT captures all donation offers online, where you can see and give exactly what's needed. More information.
The 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, 2016 and 2022.

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.