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Police have found a body believed to be one of two Sydney men who were swept away in floodwaters in the Southern Tablelands on Monday night.
Sydney fathers Bob Chahine and Ghosn Ghosn had been identified as the men washed away. Police media said on Thursday afternoon that the body located by police divers is yet to be formally identified, and the search is continuing for the second man at Bevendale, about 50 kilometres east of Boorowa.
On Monday night, a group of four men were attempting to cross Prestons Creek near Bevendale in the NSW Southern Tablelands in a ute before the vehicle was swept away in floodwaters.
Two men managed to free themselves from the car, but Ghosn and Chahine – who were believed to have been travelling in the tray – were washed away.
Police said they received a call for assistance after the two men got to safety, but early responders had difficulty finding the remote site in the pouring rain.
The ute was found submerged in the creek but police divers confirmed the missing men were not inside. The State Emergency Service, Volunteer Rescue Association, NSW Fire and Rescue, local and specialist police have been involved.
Two men who went missing in floodwaters earlier this week in the state’s Southern Tablelands have been identified as Sydney fathers Bob Chahine and Ghosn Ghosn.Credit:Facebook
Floodwaters are continuing to impact inland NSW as swollen rivers and catchments inundate towns in southern and central western NSW.
There were 103 hazard warnings across the state on Thursday night. Authorities warned residents in parts of Wagga Wagga, Gunnedah and Forbes to evacuate from low-lying areas along the Murrumbidgee, Namoi and Lachlan rivers.
The weather bureau warned major flooding is expected at Forbes where river heights on Friday could reach similar levels to the devastating 1952 floods.
Janine Whitfield, 58, has lived in Forbes since she was a child. The town averages a major flood every seven years with “a few small ones” in recent years.
Rural Fire Service members help with the sandbagging effort in Forbes on Thursday ahead of what could be record flooding.Credit:Nick Moir
“It’s hard to believe it because we’re all seeing local facebook posts of what it was like in ’52 and it’s hard to comprehend,” said Whitfield, whose property backs onto Lake Forbes.
“I think we’re all in a bit of denial. I sandbagged up last year and there was just a trickle down the side of the house … it’s hard to know, we are all saying we don’t know.
“I am a carer and would have to get to the lady I look after three times a day – if it gets bad I have a lend of a tractor … if it gets to that I’ll just go by tractor.”
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