Emergency Information

Current Emergency Events

NSW Flood Warning Summary



Where properties have been inundated and de-energised, customers will need to follow a 3-step reconnection process and have a licensed electrician inspect your wiring then contact us om 13 20 80 once it is safe to re-connect.

More details can be found at http://essentialenergy.com.au/flood-reconnection

See 2022 Flood | Forbes Shire Council (nsw.gov.au) for Essential Energy financial support.

Flood CleanUp Safety

How to get your power back on (PDF ~~~DocAnnotation.siz.1380~~~)


Any concerns call Gas Faults and Emergencies on 131 909.

ORIGIN ENERGY - LP gas bottles contact Erin on 0455 074 409


Staying healthy during and after floods

Kids Helpline | Phone Counselling Service | 1800 55 1800

NSW Mental Health Line 1800 011 511

There are great resources from Rural Adversity Mental Health Program.

Lifeline - 13 1114

13 Yarn - 13 92 76

In an emergency always call Triple Zero (000).


Agriculture and Animal Services Hotline 1800 814 647 aasfa@emergency.dpi.nsw.gov.au 

What I will do with my animals during an Emergency? (PDF 452.7KB) Get Ready Animals | NSW State Emergency Service

MOSQUITOS Council has a mosquito treatment program. Council staff have sprayed and treated areas of infestation (water).

We encourage the community to act sensibly and take action:

  • wear long, loose, dark clothing when outside
  • use applying repellent (that contain DEET, picaridin, or oil of lemon eucalyptus) to all areas of exposed skin and tip out water receptacles that may be providing mozzie breeding habitat. 
  • Please also make sure that you obey any warning signs and the instructions of staff where spraying may be underway.

Council also uses 'sentinel chickens located at the Sewerage Treatment Plant to monitor 'mosquito-borne diseases. We regularly test the blood of the chickens to keep an eye on the diseases that may emerge post flood, such as Ross River Fever.

NSW Health Mosquito Warning for flooded areas 

OTHER USEFUL CONTACTS Other useful contacts | NSW State Emergency Service

Sand and crusher dust filled sandbags are ideal for topdressing your lawn. Once applied - in a thin layer so the UV from the sun can disinfect the material - it will helps boost a lush green lawn.

Sandbags will not be disposed of at the tip as Council will be recycling the fill material for future floodsafe plans.


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Getting help (disasterassist.gov.au)

NSW SES Recovery Guide (PDF 10.6MB)


Our sewer system was inundated during the flooding. If your drains did not empty please call Council and we will inspect.

  • Remember – if your drains are not draining do not attempt to put more water down the drain, turn off all taps and wait for an expert.
  • Also, please do not EVER put anything except for toilet paper (and human waste!) down the toilet.



Council's bin collection has returned to normal. Download the Irecycle App in Apple or the Google Store. 

If your bin has been damaged or lost, phone the waste hotline on 1300 725 415.

The Kerbside flood recovery collection service provided by NSW Police has now ceased.

Contact Forbes Shire Council if you need assistance with kerbside collection. NOTE: Council is not able to enter private property for waste collection.

Bulk Waste Collection- Forbes Shire Council will have a team available January 9 to 23 for any final items to be collected.

Forbes Recycling and Waste Depot will remain open and the rural landfills will continue to operate as normal - if accessible. Normal charges now apply.



The Forbes Recycling and Waste Depot operates as follows:

7 days 8:30am to 5:00pm.

CLOSED Christmas Day and Good Friday.


CANCELLED - BOIL WATER ALERT. Forbes Shire Council has worked with NSW Health to undertake significant testing and monitoring of the town water and the consistently high monitoring results confirm that the water is now safe for consumption.

Council will increase testing and monitoring on the drinking water system in the coming weeks to ensure the system has not been impacted by floodwaters.

If you have any questions contact Council's Water Team on 6850 2300. Note: Drinking water fountains and bubblers have been temporarily disconnected.

Local Emergency Management Committee

The functions of the Local Emergency Management Committee are to:

a) review and monitor emergency management policy and practice across the region,
b) review and prepare plans in respect of the region that are, or are proposed to be, sub plans or supporting plans established under the State Emergency Management Plan,
c) make recommendations about and assist in the co-ordination of training in relation to emergency management across the region,
d) develop, conduct and evaluate regional emergency management training exercises,
e) facilitate regional level emergency management capability through inter-agency coordination, co-operation and information sharing arrangements,
f) assist the Regional Emergency Operations Controller for the relevant region in the Controller's role under sect¡on 25, and
g) carry out such other functions as are:

  • related to this Act,
  • assigned to the committee (or to Local Emergency Management committees generally) from time to time by the State Emergency Management Committee.

ln the exercise of its functions, Regional Committees are responsible to the State Emergency Management Committee.

All emergency services agencies are members of this Committee as well as media, telecommunications, electricity and the Local Emergency Management Officer.


Emergency contacts 000

After hours contact Forbes Shire Council 1300 978 633

In emergency events such as floods and fires, we have provided some links below to relevant information.

Live Traffic

NSW State Emergency Service

Bureau of Meterology (BOM)

Water NSW

Fires Near Me

Rural Fire Service

Resilience NSW

Office of Small Business