World news – « Heartbreaking »: NSW residents warned to prepare for the ongoing flood crisis

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Residents across the state have been warned to prepare for possible evacuations as NSW Prime Minister Gladys Berejiklian said the state’s flood crisis would continue for a few more days.

Cities along the north coast of New South Wales, including Port Macquarie and Taree, were inundated by floods as rivers broke their banks in what Prime Minister Scott Morrison described as « absolutely heartbreaking scenes. »

A couple’s home to be married on Saturday was hit by flooding on the central north coast of New South Wales swept away.

Sarah Soars, a resident of Mondrook, near Taree, told Nine News that when her home started floating away, she thought how do you do it?

« We can anytime get married « she said. “I was glad my partner and I weren’t in the house.”

A GoFundMe page was set up for the couple. That page said the couple « lost everything they worked hard for, » including their pets.

Mr Morrison said on Facebook the federal government was ready to provide assistance if needed, including from defense personnel, however NSW have not made any requests for assistance.

« Absolutely heartbreaking scenes across NSW this morning with many homes, towns and businesses in flood, with the central north coast being particularly hard hit, » he said.

In The region fell between 9 a.m. on Friday and 5 a.m. on Saturday, including 373 mm in Delward, 343 mm in Redoak (Stewarts River), 320 mm in Logan’s Crossing, 280 mm in Kindee Bridge and 264 mm in Wauchope. </ Ms. Berejiklian described it as a "prolonged weather event". The rain is expected to continue through Thursday or Friday.

« The last time we had major flooding in NSW, the weather event passed in two or three days. Unfortunately, this will be a deep-seated extreme weather event. » She said.

Agata Imielska of the Bureau of Meteorology said the central north coast received rains that were « record breaking for March, 100 to 200 mm above those March records. »

Trees were noticeable in Port Macquarie Power lines and the flood were spread across parking lots, town centers and lawns in what Port Macquarie-Hastings City Councilor Geoff Hawkins called « the worst flood I can remember. »

Miss Nellie’s Cafe in Kendall went underwater on Friday night. Credit: 10,000 fans of Port Macquarie Facebook group

« It’s not just the amount of rain we’ve had, it’s high winds, » he said. « That created problems for households and businesses » not because of floods, but because of storm damage. “????

The state flood crisis left a bride and 28 guests stranded in a flood-free location on their wedding day.

Another couple, James Farrawell and his fiancée Anya Kerrigan, were supposed to be on Saturday a place on the Manning River upstream of Taree.

Lola Hickey was evacuated from the Riverside Resort on Saturday when the Hastings River broke its banks and flooded Port Macquarie.

Rising floods cut Ms. Kerrigan off from Mr. Farrawell , who had followed the wedding tradition by staying away from his fiancé the night before their wedding, said Mr Farrawell’s brother Daniel.

« The bride was obviously devastated when the morning light came to reveal that the wedding venue had become a remote island in the hills and their hopes for a wedding were dashed. « 

Carlene York, the state emergency services commissioner s NSW, urged residents across the state to prepare for possible evacuations, especially on the north and mid-north coasts.

« I would prefer people to plan and feel it was a futile effort , and find that their home and goods will be destroyed because they did not think the event would affect them.  » She said.

Nine evacuation points have been set up across the state, seven of which are on the central north coast and two on the Hunter. Evacuation orders were issued on Saturday for a number of lower-lying areas in Port Macquarie, Kempsey, Wauchope and Taree, and Macksville.

Once the floods flood the area, road access, water, sewage, electricity, phones and internet can be lost. If you stay in the area you will be trapped and it may be too dangerous for SES to rescue you. the agency said in an evacuation warrant.

The extreme weather of the weekend has been described as a « one-in-100-year flood event ». from MidCoast Council, which posted on social media that the Manning River in Taree is expected to peak at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday.

The NSW SES Taree City Unit said Gloucester, Wingham and Taree are going to be heavy Floods came after a previous Facebook post asked for help filling sandbags.

Floods also inundated the town of Kendall, south of Port Macquarie, with reports that part of a building that housed Miss Nellie’s Cafe was « Swam away ».

The cafe owner Jenelle Nosworthy said the damage was « worse than we could have imagined – no words ».

Ms. Nosworthy said friends had reported the cafe was badly damaged and the windows were broken: « Our side porch and garage may even have been washed away and not sure whether one of the side walls has collapsed – devastating. » ?

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