Just after midnight, residents in parts of Boorowa near Cootamundra were also told to prepare to evacuate as the Boorowa Dam began to flood.
A bit further south in the Riverina region, residents in Adelong were told to evacuate immediately due to flash flooding about 1.30am.
Residents in Willow Bend were also told to evacuate at 2.30am, while a flood warning was issued for Tamworth about 6.30am on Tuesday.
In Melbourne, it’s forecast to be just 14 degrees with possible hail storms on Tuesday. It will potentially be the coldest Melbourne Cup day since 1995, the Bureau of Meteorology said.
Speaking on the ABC’s News Breakfast program, state Greens MP for Melbourne Ellen Sandell said today would be difficult for the 100 or so people in Melbourne’s inner northwestern suburbs who last month had their homes flooded while the nearby Flemington Racecourse remained dry.
“People around here in Maribyrnong and where I live, in Kensington, are still pretty upset the Flemington Racecourse got to protect their property at the expense of people’s homes. One hundred people had their homes flooded, we’ve had hundreds more lose cars and other property,” she said.
“And I think watching revellers come to the Melbourne Cup will be pretty hard for those people who lost everything.”
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