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Evacuations ordered ahead of river rises

AAP logoAAP 1/10/2016

Families in parts of Wagga Wagga and Condobolin in central western NSW have been told to leave their homes or risk becoming caught in floodwaters.

The State Emergency Service issued a flood evacuation for Edward Street, in West Wagga Wagga, on Saturday night, warning residents to leave within 12 hours.

"Do not delay your evacuation," the SES said in its order.

"Roads will be congested or closed. You could become trapped and need rescue. Remaining in flooded areas is dangerous and may place your life at risk."

It followed another evacuation order issued on Saturday morning for residents in parts of Condobolin to leave within 24 hours.

That order applies to properties on Lachlan Valley Way to the east of Condobolin; Officers Parade, north and west of Graf Street; Lachlan Street between William Street and Denison Street; the southern side of Bathurst Street between Denison Street and Gordon Street; Lachlan Valley Way and Kiacatoo Road to the west of Condobolin; and Molong Street between Mooney Street and Goobang Bridge.

Residents elsewhere in Wagga Wagga and Condobolin have been warned to prepare to leave their homes if instructed.

The Bureau of Meteorology is expecting the Lachlan River at Condobolin to peak near 7.2 metres on Wednesday.

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