In times of flood and fire it becomes necessary for Council to close roads in the interest of Public Safety. Often the need to close roads occurs quickly and thus Council cannot notify road users in advance of the closure. In order to keep the public as up to date as possible Council provides road closure information to the following sources;
- State Emergency Service (in times of storm and flood) (www.ses.nsw.gov.au)
- Rural Fire Service (in times of fire) (www.rfs.nsw.gov.au)
- Roads & Traffic Authority
- ABC Radio 99.1 FM
- Max FM 91.3
- Now FM 98.3
Often Council repairs the road network in two stages;
Stage 1 – A quick treatment to “straighten up” the road and restore access to as many residents/businesses/tourists as possible.
Stage 2 – A more detailed repair in which gravel and seal is replaced. This process can take up to twelve months to complete after extensive natural disasters.
Road users are reminded that;
- They may be liable for any damage that they cause to a road that is closed to their vehicle type.
- Travelling on roads covered with water is extremely dangerous and should be avoided.
- Road conditions can change without warning.
- Unsealed roads damage very easily when they are wet and only essential journeys should be undertaken until the road dries out.
- Repairs to damaged roads are not usually possible until the roads and gravel stockpiles begin to dry out.
- Council prioritises repairs with higher trafficked roads usually receiving attention first.
During flood and fire events Council staff continue to inspect roads and collect information and aim to update road bulletins at 11am each morning, if conditions change, until the Shires roads are open to all traffic.
Updated weather related information and information relating to floods and fires can be found on the Narrabri Weather Networks website http://narrabriweather.net
The Rural Fire Service website is regularly updated to reflect current warnings. Click here to see Total Fire Ban and Current Fire Danger Map, which includes Narrabri Shire.
Planning for a Bushfire
The 1 October is the official start to the Bushfire season. Council encourages all residents in Narrabri Shire to prepare a Bushfire Survival Plan.
Ask yourself these questions....
- Do you live within a few streets of the bush?
- Does your area have a history of bush fires?
- Do you have many trees or shrubs around your home?
- If you need to leave your home, would you need to travel through bushland?
- Is your Bush Fire Survival Plan more than one year old?
If you answered yes to any of these questions, you need a Bush Fire Survival Plan. Don't put it off.
Bushfire Survival Plan
Rural Fires Act 1997
There are currently no Roads Closed due to flooding.