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Flood Management


Effects of Flooding in Forbes

Forbes has experienced on average a major flood every 7 years since 1887. The highest recorded flood occurred in June, 1952 when the river peaked at 10.80m at the Forbes Iron Bridge, (on the Forbes-Cowra Road). During the flood of August, 1990, which peaked at 10.65m, approximately 132 properties in Forbes were affected by flood water.

Some of the effects that may occur at various heights at the Forbes Iron Bridge are shown in the table below.


Height Effects
09.30m A number of roads may close to light traffic. they include the Forbes-Gooloogong Road at Dukes Crossing and the Forbes-Grenfell Road at Muddy Lagoon.
10.20m Water breaks out of the river near the Bathurst Street railway bridge and flows north and west.
10.35m Peak height August 1998
10.38m Houses within Forbes begin to be affected by rising flood waters. Lower rankin Street inundated.
10.40m Water may start to flow out of Lake Forbes and into the town
10.50m The Newell Highway may close 6km from Forbes at the South Condobolin turn-off
10.62m Peak height October 1955. At about this height, flood waters split Forbes into three islands making movement around the town difficult
10.64m Peak height August 1990. Approximately 132 houses were flood affected by either water in their yards of over the floors.
Flood levels

A flood study has been completed by Sinclair Knight Merz,in 2003 showing estimated flood and flood risk levels for the Forbes township and shire regions.

They can be downloaded from the links below or alternatively they are available for viewing at the Council Offices.

  • Dowload the Urban Flood Map Here (pdf -269kb)
  • Dowload the Shire Flood Map Here (pdf -480kb)


  • Community Awareness & Education Campaigns

    A number of brochures are available from the Council Offices containing information on:

  • Hazard reduction and Flood preparedness/safety procedures
  • Severe Storms - Facts, warnings and Protection
  • NSW Emergency Management Arrangements.


  • Contact details
    Forbes Shire Council
    02 6850 1333 (ph)
    02 6852 3053 (fax)
    forbes@forbes.nsw.gov.au


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