Weekend of wild weather wreaks havoc across the Riverina

Griffith and surrounding areas were doused in a heavy downpour of rain across the weekend. 

Griffith received 80 mm of rain through Friday and Saturday, with 61mm on Friday alone. 

State Emergency Service (SES) spokeswoman Heidi Groom said the Griffith unit had responded to 10 call-outs as a result of the wild weather. 

“The main concerns were a few leaking roofs and some power lines,” she said. 

The Bureau of Meterology issued wild weather warnings across the state.


SES issued flood warnings for the Murrumbidgee river.

However, an update on Sunday said the river has expected to remain below flood levels. 

“Based on the prediction provided by the Bureau of Meteorology it is expected that no riverine flooding will occur,” they said. 

With the worst of the weather now over, Ms Bloom said their focus was now making sure that residents were safe until the water cleared up. 

“Our main concern is telling people to stay away from low-lying water. Check roads and warnings on the RMS website,” she said. 

Due to the damp conditions, she also advised that the local mosquito population is likely to increase. 

“We’re just asking that people cover up, be mindful and use repellents and the like.”

Detective Sergeant Cherie Knox from Griffith LAC asked residents to exercise caution and remain vigilant about their safety. 

“We’re asking people to take care on the road in light of the weather this weekend,” she said. 

“Remain vigilant when travelling in flood-affected areas and water-covered roads.”

Griffith wasn’t the only area affected. Towns across the region recorded huge numbers on Saturday: 

  • Hay 63.2mm
  • Narrandera 60mm
  • Yanco 53.6mm
  • Wagga 43.4mm

The region’s wheat farmers have been working around in the clock to strip as much of their crops as possible before the potentially damaging rains arrive.

Residents shouldn’t expect sunny relief just yet. The Bureau of Meterology has forecast showers for most days this week. 

FloodSafe advice is available at www.ses.nsw.gov.au, for emergency assistance call the SES on telephone number 132 500.