Hunter River level rises causing flooding across the region

The rainfall seen across the Hunter since the weekend is causing major problems along the Hunter River. 


Parts of Singleton are facing major flooding from this morning. Last night local SES volunteers doorknocked residents along the Hunter River at Combo, Dunolly, Glenridding and the low lying areas of Whittingham and Scotts Flat Road issuing evacuation warnings. 

It wasn’t long after that those residents were directed to move to higher ground. 

Singleton Heights Diggers is the evacuation centre open in town.

The River is expected to reach 13.5 metres this morning.


Moderate flooding is likely at Maitland – the Hunter River at Maitland (Belmore Bridge) is likely to exceed the moderate flood level of 8.90 metres this morning. The river level may reach around 9.80 metres Thursday evening, with moderate flooding.

The Hunter River at Raymond Terrace may reach around 2.80 metres 7:00 am Wednesday, slightly after the high tide, with minor flooding. Further rises are possible.

Minor flooding is no longer likely in the Upper Hunter though rises are still possible with forecast rain Tuesday into Wednesday.

A separate minor flood warning is current for the Paterson and Williams Rivers.


Emergency Services area aware of a number of properties in the Wollombi and Laguna area have been isolated due to flood waters and associated road closures.

Major flooding is occurring along the Wollombi Brook at Bulga. Moderate flooding is occurring at Wollombi. The Wollombi Brook at Wollombi may reach around 11.00 metres overnight Tuesday into Wednesday, with moderate flooding.

The Wollombi Brook at Bulga is currently at 6.79 metres, which is above the March 2021 peak (6.63 m), and rising with major flooding. The Wollombi Brook at Bulga may reach around 7.20 metres Wednesday morning, with major flooding.

Advice from the NSW SES for people in areas likely to be impacted by flooding should consider:

  •  Refraining from driving or walking through flood water
  • Road closures and flood isolation may impact on work, family and educational commitments
  • Monitoring emergency warnings and severe weather updates on local ABC radio, NSW SES Facebook Page and Bureau of Meteorology website
  • If your property is at risk of inundation, please raise moveable items, such as furniture, as high as possible onto benches or tables, placing electrical items on top
  • If you are advised by an emergency services officer to evacuate, please do so
  • Securing outside belongings and before leaving; turn off the power, water and take essential medicines and clothes with you
  • Farmers should move machinery, livestock, pumps and fodder to flood free ground
  • For emergency help in floods and storms, call the NSW State Emergency Service on 132 500. In life threatening situations call triple zero (000) immediately
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