Ladysmith takes flood warnings seriously

LADYSMITH was bracing for the worst on Sunday night as about 200 millimetres of rain fell on the town.Families were evacuated from their homes and the school was closed as Kyeamba Creek filled to bursting and then broke its banks.Paddocks were inundated but luckily for nearby residents, the water did not reach homes.Houses along Tywong Street and Condon Close were evacuated as a precaution, with about a dozen families affected.Among the evacuees was the Eady family, who were told to leave their home about 9pm.Brendan Eady said there was a door-knock to encourage families to get ready and they were asked to go into Wagga."We had to go to the Civic Centre and report to them, and they sorted out accommodation for us," he said.Mr Eady, his wife and three young children were put up at the Golf View Motel for the night, but Mr Eady said he was not too worried about their home being affected by the water. "I wasn't really concerned it was going to come up because our house is a bit higher," he said."I wasn't worried about it but you've got to do what they say."Dave Rutland from the Ladysmith General Store said about a dozen families were evacuated but most of the town avoided serious damage. "It was mostly just fences, gates and culverts," he said.His daughter Jessica enjoyed the opportunity to spend the day in the shop instead of at school, but Mr Rutland said it was expected school would resume today.He said there had been a bit of a "waiting game" to see how much rain would fall and he had stayed at the shop until about 2am yesterday."But it's better to be over-prepared than under-prepared," he said.

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