As previously reported, the almond orchards owned by RFF at Hillston, NSW, are situated close to the Lachlan River which has flooded following the heavy rainfall affecting western NSW in recent weeks.
While flood levels are receding around towns such as Forbes, flood waters continue to travel down the river to Hillston. The Lachlan River is currently at 2.85 metres at Hillston Weir and slowly rising. Due to some uncertainty as to the exact flood path, RFM and lessees are increasing the height of several levees on the Hillston properties.
The flood waters are not expected to reach the 3.3 metre level experienced in the major floods of 1990. Local authorities have updated their current forecast for the river to peak at Hillston around 25 October at a level of near 3.0 metres. This level is considered manageable, and thus unlikely to materially affect the RFF almond orchards.