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Farmers urged to prepare for floods

Murray Local Land Services is reminding landholders to move stock to higher ground as the region prepares for more heavy rain forecast this week.

The rain has the potential to cause floodwaters to rise across the region.

Areas of particular concern include the Edward River at Deniliquin, the Billabong Creek at Conargo and downstream to Moulamein, and the Murray River downstream of Corowa.

The State Emergency Service is coordinating the flood response, with Local Land Services playing a supporting role in looking after animal welfare, in close cooperation with NSW Department of Primary Industries.

Farmers are encouraged to call 1300 795 299, or contact their nearest Local land Services office to report agricultural losses including fencing, crops and stranded, injured or deceased livestock.

Murray Local Land Services Incident Controller, Mark Corrigan, said high water levels are expected to remain for the next few weeks, potentially stranding stock for an extended period. The agency has set up a local control centre in Albury.

He said Local Land Services staff would be on-hand to help producers affected by flooding.

“We need to assess the extent and nature of the damage to better direct resources and provide assistance to producers,” he said.

Local Land Services will collate the information reported by farmers into an Agricultural Natural Disaster Report for the Department of Primary Industries which will assist in assessing the extent and nature of damage and also in the allocation of resources over the coming days and weeks.

Dr Corrigan said that with the forecast rain, producers should prepare and plan now, particularly with regards to livestock safety.

Actions to take include:

  • moving stock to higher ground away from known flood-prone areas
  • ensuring, where possible, these areas won’t be cut off from access
  • ensuring, if access is cut, that there is sufficient fodder available on-site to sustain stock for an extended period
  • ensuring fodder supplies / storage are accessible.

While producers are encouraged to contact their nearest Local Land Services office to report agricultural losses, any immediate calls for assistance should be directed to the State Emergency Service on 132 500.

Media contact: Matt Lane on 02 6051 2252, mob. 0427 459 755 or email matt.g.lane@lls.nsw.gov.au