Flooded highway re-opens

STRANDED Warwick residents over the border will now be able to make their way home, after roads were re-opened following extensive flooding.

The Newell Hwy from Goondiwindi through to Moree and Narrabri is once again open and is the only major road connecting Moree.

As local residents will be covering the miles to make the trek home, they are warned the road is in a state of disrepair with rain damage.

Furthermore, the road is still closed to all heavy vehicles, meaning local freight companies won't have a chance to use it any time soon.

The Roads and Traffic Authority yesterday advised sections of the highway were damaged due to flooding, and said heavy vehicles should not travel along the Newell Hwy until further notice.

The New England Hwy is also open, however the RTA said degraded sections of the highway between Glen Innes and Tamworth are potential hazards.

The RTA and State Emergency Service advise motorists to slow down while travelling between that section of the New England Hwy.

Meanwhile, the SES continues to monitor the floodwaters, which are now heading west towards the towns of Walgett and Lightning Ridge over the border.

Flood relief efforts in Moree are continuing, with NSW SES yesterday allowing about 90% of residents to return to their homes and commence clean-up operations.

About 300 homes in the area are still inundated and many outlying properties remain isolated, with evacuation orders still in place for some communities.

 

Roads & Water

Newell Hwy south of Gundy open to small vehicles.

Motorists warned of damaged sections of New England Hwyin NSW.


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