Flood Emergency Information

Emergency Information

Current Emergency Events

For up-to-date information on weather warnings, please check the Bureau of Meteorology website here

Road Closures

For up-to-date road closures, please click here.

Flood Support and Information


Requests for assistance can be made by calling the NSW SES on 132 500.

Other Emergency Services

Essential Energy

Phone 13 20 80 for asset damage and concerns

Health NSW

Mental Health

Livestock and Animals


Cobar Shire Council is alerting the community to protect themselves against mosquito bites.

Japanese encephalitis (JE) virus has been detected in samples from commercial pig farms throughout southern and western NSW indicating the virus is likely circulating in the mosquito population.

JE is a mosquito borne disease that may affect animals, including pigs, and humans. The virus is spread by mosquito bites. It is really important to protect yourself from mosquito bites as mosquitoes can spread viruses.

Less than 1% of people infected with JE experience symptoms, which typically include fever, joint pain, and rash. Occasionally, JE can cause severe a neurological illness with headache, convulsions and reduced consciousness.

The best way to avoid infection is to avoid being bitten by mosquitoes.

Simple actions to avoid mosquito bites include:

  • Cover up as much as possible with light-coloured, loose-fitting clothing and covered footwear when outside.
  • Use an effective insect repellent on exposed skin and reapply within a few hours. The best mosquito repellents contain Diethyl Toluamide (DEET), Picaridin, or oil of lemon eucalyptus.
  • Use insecticide sprays, vapour dispensing units (indoors) and mosquito coils (outdoors) to clear rooms or repel mosquitoes from an area.
  • Cover all windows, doors, vents and other entrances with insect screens.
  • Remove any water-holding containers outside the house where mosquitoes could breed.

NSW Health can provide further information on mosquito-borne disease and ways to protect yourself.

Fact sheets on specific mosquito-borne diseases, including Japanese encephalitis Ross River virus and Barmah Forest virus, are also available on Vector borne disease fact sheets.

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

The EPA has provided information about how to keep safe after flooding, what to do with waste material and hazardous materials, and how to clean a flood-affected property. Click here to view their storm and flood updates. 


The Insurance Council of Australia has advised of what to do if your property has been impacted by flood and storms:

  • Start the clean-up but first take many photos or video of damage to the property and contents/possessions to support an insurance claim.
  • Remove from the property any water damaged items like soft furnishings and carpet that may pose a health risk. Take photos of the damaged items to support an insurance claim and then dispose of the items.
  • Make a list of each item damaged and add a detailed description, include brand, model, and serial number if possible.
  • Speak to your insurer before you attempt or authorise any building work, including emergency repairs, and ask for the insurer’s permission in writing. Unauthorised work may not be covered by your policy.
  • Keep items that could be repaired unless they pose a health risk.
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