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Australian floods cut New South Wales town of Forbes in three

(Xinhua)

09:57, March 08, 2012

SYDNEY, March 8 (Xinhua) -- Floodwaters have cut the town of Forbes in Australia's central-west New South Wales (NSW) in three, with dozens of businesses and homes in the town center area inundated, local media reported on Thursday.

The Lachlan River at Forbes is continuing to rise and it is expected to reach a peak of 10.65 meters later on Thursday, according to the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) News reports.

About 1,000 residents at Forbes were ordered to leave their homes on Wednesday.

The NSW State Emergency Service (SES) workers have to be stationed in three separate parts of the town as many residents had ignored orders to evacuate their homes.

Overall, hundreds of people in southern New South Wales spent the night away from their homes, with fears that low-lying parts of Griffith and towns downstream of Wagga Wagga in the state's south could be flooded, the ABC reported.

Griffith's center has escaped inundation but the flood danger has not passed, while residents at the town of Narrandera in southern NSW are also preparing for major flooding in the coming days.

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