The Balonne River continued to rise on Wednesday, reaching a record 13.95 metres, defying earlier predictions it would peak on Tuesday. Around 2500 residents have been evacuated from the town, which is being protected by a hastily built earthen levee. Ms Bligh said the flood situation would likely continue for days, if not weeks. "(These are) very tough circumstances in St George, very grim times for this little town," she told reporters in Townsville. "Third time in two years, hundreds of people out of their homes and no end in sight." The premier said engineers were inspecting the town's flood-damaged weir. "I should say that if part or all of the weir failed, it wouldn't so much affect the town, but it would see a very big flood surge go down to the properties south of the town," she said. - Yahoo Australia.
Meanwhile, the agricultural industry is expected to suffer losses of at least $750 million as a result of the devastating NSW floods, with tens of thousands of livestock at risk.
As floodwaters from Queensland and northern NSW slowly flow towards western NSW townships such as Walgett and Bourke, farmers are already counting the cost of flooding around Moree and in the Brewarrina district. Department of Primary Industries (DPI) Flood Incident Controller, Simon Oliver, said up 10,000 sheep had most likely been lost to the floodwaters, while extensive damage to crops, pastures and infrastructure was also being recorded. A further 100,000 livestock in areas downstream were also at risk, and the DPI was now working to help farmers relocate animals to higher ground. - Yahoo Australia.
WATCH: Flood peak passes in St George.
WATCH: Sewage system under pressure in flooded town.