New South Wales rain emergency: key facts and figures | The Lawyer – Hepburn
KEY FACTS AND FIGURES OF THE NSW RAIN EMERGENCY
* More than 18,000 people ordered to evacuate
* 15,000 people waiting to do the same
* 870 rescues in the event of flooding until Tuesday morning, 9,700 calls for help
* More than 200 schools closed
* Several hundred flooded houses
* The rains are not expected to subside until Wednesday.
* 15,000 people were ordered to evacuate low-lying areas, including Macksville, Port Macquarie, Lower Macleay, Kempsey CBD
* Communities facing the worst floods in nearly a century
* Another 100 mm of rain expected before Wednesday
* The Macleay and Hastings rivers overflow in many areas.
* More rain on the way and the danger is not over
* Major flooding in Bulga in the Hunter Valley
* Minor flooding may occur in the Lower Hunter starting Tuesday morning.
SYDNEY WEST, SOUTH AND NORTH:
* 3,000 people evacuated along the Hawkesbury River amid the worst flooding since 1961, with the river expected to peak at around 15m on Monday evening
* Another 50-100 mm of precipitation expected before Wednesday
* Major risks remain for residents west of the city
* Evacuation orders in some low elevation properties
* Evacuation order issued for low elevation properties in North Richmond and Agnes Banks due to major flooding along the Hawkesbury River
* Evacuation warning issued for caravan parks along the Hawkesbury River from Windsor to Wisemans Ferry
* The Nepean River experiences moderate flooding, forcing evacuations
* Evacuation order issued for properties adjacent to the Upper Colo River in Upper Colo, Lower Colo, Colo Central and Wheeny Creek due to major flooding.
* Fears that up to 54,000 people will be displaced
* Parts of western New South Wales could receive the equivalent of a rainy season as another system arrives from the south
* Macquarie River levels have peaked in Bathurst, and minor flooding continues.
ILLAWARRA AND C SOUTH COAST:
* Two flood watch alerts for the Shoalhaven and Bega rivers and the St Georges Basin
* 100-300 mm of precipitation expected in places in the coming days.
* Federal natural disaster provisions activated for 38 local government areas offering $ 1000 per adult and $ 400 per child for those affected
* 1,700 SES volunteers involved in rescue and cleanup assisted by NSW RFS and fire and rescue services
* The Australian Defense Force will use two search and rescue helicopters on the south coast
* Up to 1000 ADF staff should be deployed
* Victoria CFA deploys 16 members to help
* New South Wales St. John Ambulance volunteers providing health services, first aid and mental health support
* 9,500 claims filed with insurers
* Flood victims can benefit from free advice from the Legal Disaster Response Service
* The Society of St Vincent de Paul has launched a flood appeal www.vinnies.org.au/NSWFloodAppeal
* NSW Farmers is appealing
* Almost a quarter of a million dollars raised on GoFundMe, including over $ 100,000 for a Taree couple whose house was taken away on their wedding day.
* Rabobank, an agribusiness bank specialist, offers a range of support services to agricultural clients, including deferral of scheduled loan payments
* Bendigo Bank NSW Flood Appeal launched to raise funds.
Associated Australian Press