Community Safety/Education Be prepared - Floods






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Minor 5.5 metres
Moderate 7.6 metres
Major 8.8 metres

Key heights in metres at the Moree gauge on the Mehi River

3.80m Flood water enters the Stonnington and Chinaman’s Lane area.

5.5m Low lying farmland becomes inundated. Livestock and equipment should be moved.

7.15m Dr Hollingsworth Bridge on Edward Street closes.

7.6m Moree to Collarenebri Highway closes.

8.8m Large areas of Moree are inundated causing widespread flooding.

9m Properties in Orana, Drummond, Queen and Edward Streets, Moree are affected by flood water.

9.7m Water breaks the Broadwater Creek and the northern ends of Balo, Iris and Calgorm Streets, Moree are flooded.

9.95m Water cuts the northern approach to the Dr Geoffrey Hunter Bridge on Balo Street over the Mehi River. This divides the township into two precincts.

10.35m February 1971 peak flood height. A number of businesses were flooded. Moree was isolated for two weeks and 400 people evacuated.

10.6m February 1976 peak flood height. Three quarters of the buildings on the northern side of Mehi River surrounded by floodwaters including the Moree CBD.

10.8m The whole of the north side of Moree is likely to be affected by floodwater. Floodwater will begin to impact upon areas to the north of Alice Street, Moree.

10.85m February 1955 peak flood height. This event flooded 800 houses and most of the Moree CBD.


Minor 6.10 metres
Moderate 6.70 metres
Major 7.20 metres

Key heights in metres at the Mungindi gauge on the Barwon River

7.37m Gravelly Creek cuts the Carnarvon Highway – 3.5km south of Mungindi. No road access to Garah or Moree.

7.77m Mungindi/St George Road (Carnarvon Highway) closed.

7.82m Mungindi is isolated by road. Air re-supply begins.

9.20m Levee bank height (The town levee bank has withstood the January and December 2011 flood events).


Minor 5 metres
Moderate 11.5 metres
Major 12 metres

Key heights in metres at the Boggabilla gauge on the Macintyre River

6.4m Causeway at Benor Bridge closed. Residents living west of the Levee have no access to Boggabilla.

7.3m Water begins flowing into Whalan Creek. Braxton Way is cut at the Whalan Creek Causeway. Toomelah is isolated.

10.54m Access becomes difficult along some roads and water crosses the Newell Highway, 20km south of Boggabilla.

11.4m Water enters Brown Street, Boggabilla and areas beyond the Tafe College. Flood water threatens Boggabilla township and Elambe Caravan Park.

11.76m Flood water breaks the banks of the Macintyre River at “River Common” and runs over Riverview Road, Boggabilla and towards Elambe Caravan Park. Evacuation begins.


Minor 4 metres

Moderate 6.5 metres

Major 7 metres

Key heights in metres at the Yarraman gauge on the Gwydir River

4m Overland inundation for the Gwydir and Big Leather Watercourses. Brajeen Crossing closed, 30km downstream.

5.8-5.9m The Broadwater Creek commences its normal flow from the Gwydir River into the Mehi River.
7m Flood water cross the Carnarvon Highway, 3km north of Yarraman – depending on the flow, this may/may not close the road. Overbank flow commences on the southern side of the Gwydir River and confluences the Broadwater Creek. Water begins to threaten Myora, Billa and River Streets, Yarraman. Flood water enters the area around Stonnington and Chinaman’s Lane, Moree.

7.10m Carnarvon Highway – 3km north of Yarraman is closed.

7.2m Yarraman is isolated and 30 properties threatened.

*The key heights at the river gauges do not include the 2012 February flood.