The New South Wales flood crisis is worsening and the State’s Premier, Mike Baird, inspected the damage at the small town of Forbes.
Overnight more than 100 homes and farmland were affected by flooding, as the Lachlan River peaked.
Conditions in the flood zone aren’t expected to improve with more wet weather expected later this week.
Jake Ten reports.
Families and farmers are devastated by the biggest flood in Forbes’ history.
But they’ve been warned – the worst is yet to come.
Mark Morrow, NSW SES Acting Deputy Commissioner:
“They are going to face some challenges later this week when it comes to resupply, or ever sustaining being able to stay in their home over a protracted period as we look at another wave of rain and downstream effects.”
Lachlan River peaked at ten point six seven metres on Sunday night
It passed the previous high in August nineteen ninety…. When one hundred and thirty two properties were inundated.
This time… More than a thousand people have been rescued or displaced.
SES volunteers have travelled to Forbes from all over the state.
The record-breaking floods also ravaged what was expected to be the region’s best harvest in years.
And crop and stock losses could be high.
Authorities continue to assess the impact of the floods.
But they’ll have to wait until the water recedes… which could take weeks.
It may take some time too, before residents are able to return home… if there is anything left for them to return to.
Jake Ten, QUT News