World news – « The groom was shaken »: NSW floods ruin dream wedding


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

James Farrawell and his fiancée Anya Kerrigan were due to get married on Saturday at their wedding venue on the Manning River upstream from Taree.

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.

« He is now trapped in the rising floods of the Manning River and cannot reach the bride, « he said.

Daniel said 28 guests were trapped at the Rotating House, including grandparents and family members who lived in glamping tents and a farmhouse. </ The bride and both sides of the family had spent the night without electricity. he said. "The groom and all of the groom's husbands are still downstream in the town of Taree, which is now cut off from both the highway and the upstream wedding venue."

This weekend’s extreme weather has been called « 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.

SES evacuation orders were issued for low-lying properties in Taree Estate, Dumaresq Island and Cundletown

The Manning River Times reported Friday reported that the MidCoast Council’s sewer system was flooded with rainwater, creating drainage problems with sinks, showers and toilets.

Council Director General Adrian Panuccio asked residents of the Gloucester area to use water sparingly.

Mr Panuccio said the floods appeared to be just as bad as the 1978 floods and described the situation as « pretty full ».

Daniel said , the couple had saved for three years for their dream wedding – but now they are separated by floods on their wedding day.

« When he woke up in the morning, the groom was shaken. » Said Daniel. His greatest fear was that the bride and our families were in danger. We quickly realized that the wedding was not going on and that we could get into real trouble.

The bride was obviously devastated when the morning light hit, revealing that the wedding venue was to a secluded island in the hills had become and their hopes for a wedding were dashed. The worry turned to fear when they realized they were trapped. “????

However, Daniel said he believed the bride and other family members were high enough to overcome the flood and, while trapped, they were safe.

 » We fear them The safety of all guests who have traveled from all over Australia to attend the wedding and we hope everyone is safe in the flood-affected areas.  » Said Daniel.

« I know we are lucky enough to be safe from the flood, but my heart and my families » Hearts break when I see my brother being separated from his fiancé on their wedding day. “????

At noon Daniel said the groom and other family members were still trapped in Taree: » It’s strange, the sun is shining, but houses and a shed float past us in the high tide of the Manning.  » River.â ????

Daniel said the wedding reception seemed safe and « it was time to open a bottle of bubbles ».

« You have enough food and drink to last a whole wedding Despite their situation, they have everything that is needed for a wedding, except of course the groom. « 

But he added, » You can’t put your hopes and dreams in a wedding or shed a tear when it falls apart before you. « 

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