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Australia Floods the Worst in 35 years

The worst flooding for more than 35 years has hit parts of northern New South Wales.

Thousands of people have been evacuated from their homes. The flooding is in an area that stretches from towns like Moree and Wee Waa – to as far as Mitchell in south Queensland. Thousands have been evacuated from their homes and some airlifted to safety as floodwaters rose in. After three days of unrelenting rain, Moree residents were told they were now in a disaster zone and it was time to leave.

A month’s rain fell in 24 hours but it has been pouring for days. Emergency services helped 2000 to evacuate, those who chose to stay got to work sand bagging and formed their own flood plan.  The Mehi River in Moree peaked at over 10 metres this morning, a level not seen since 1976. It cut the township in half and put the town centre under water.

It is the same story for northern New South Wales towns stretching from Wee Waa to Taree where floodwater have isolated more than 10,000 people.

A defence force Hercules was sent top drop supplies but they could not deliver what everyone really wanted: A break in the weather.

Across the border in the south-east Queensland the story is the same.



February 3, 2012 - Posted by | Climate, Flooding | , , , , , ,

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