Floods trapped 1800 residents in NSW, Australia

Flood in Australia is projected to leave over 1800 residents in a northern NSW town trapped for almost a week while emergency units send out supplies through helicopter, says State Emergency Service (SES).

“This is a very slow flood. Because it’s so flat, it stays around for quite a long time,” SES spokesman Phil Campbell said. “The flash flooding we had during Saturday has now abated.”

A three-year-old boy drowned early on Saturday due to the heavy showers across NSW. By early Sunday morning, the Namoi River is likely to reach as high as 6.7 metres.

Mr Campbell said: “We’re now at the stage of main river flooding, particularly at the Gwydir and Namoi rivers in the northern inland. These are slow-moving floods and these floodwaters will transition down those streams for several weeks.”

According to Mr Campbell, the SES aircraft teams would shift their efforts from rescue operations to providing relief by dispatching food and essentials. At Moree, almost 90km northeast of Wee Waa, 400 people have been informed they might need to evacuate as rising water level in rivers is increasingly inundating the floodplains.

“They’re now assessing what effect that will have and whether that will require a full evacuation,” Mr Campbell said.

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