Riverina residents should strap themselves in for another day of wild weather.
Heavy rainfall forecast to hit parts of the Riverina later on Thursday has prompted the Bureau of Meteorology to issue a severe weather warning.
The alert for heavy rainfall was issued for after 5am, with the conditions expected to initially hit western parts of the region, including Hay.
The rainfall is then expected to head south-east towards Griffith, Wagga and Narrandera during the afternoon and evening.
The BoM said it is possible some areas are hit with up to six hours of rainfall, totally up to 60mm.
The bureau warned the heavy rainfall may lead to flash flooding.
A Flood Watch has been put in place for inland catchments.
In the case of floods, the State Emergency Service advises people to:
- Not drive, ride or walk through flood water.
- Keep clear of creeks and storm drains.
- If you are trapped by flash flooding, seek refuge in the highest available place and ring 000 if you need rescue.
- Be aware that run-off from rainfall in fire-affected areas may behave differently and be more rapid. It may also contain debris such as ash, soil, trees and rocks.
- After bushfires, heavy rain and the loss of foliage can make the ground soft and heavy, leading to a greater chance of landslides.
- Stay vigilant and monitor conditions. Note that the landscape may have changed following bushfires.
- For emergency help in floods and storms, ring your local SES unit on 132 500.
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