Thousands of Australians are ordered to evacuate their homes NOW as flooding not seen in 50 years prompts dozens of emergency calls and cuts off towns for WEEKS
- Continued flooding in store for regional communities in NSW, Victoria and SA
- Dozens of emergency warnings still in place on Sunday across Australia’s east
- Tiny NSW town of Moulamein – population 500 – will be cut off until December
As NSW enters the 74th day of its flood crisis, dozens of emergency warnings remain in place on Sunday across Australia’s east, while flood peaks continue to wreak havoc around inland rivers.
Locals have pulled together to protect their homes and keep the beers flowing in the tiny NSW town of Moulamein despite the swollen Edward River cutting all access roads and isolating the community.
Residents were told to shelter in place on Tuesday by the State Emergency Service, with the river reaching 6.2m and continuing to rise on Saturday night.
Floodwaters linger near Kerang, Victoria. In New South Wales, the state is in the 74th day of its flood crisis
It’s expected the tiny town of about 500 will remain cut off through to December.
‘People are working day and night to put levees around their houses and along the banks of the river so their houses don’t get flooded,’ Tamara Lee from the Moulamein Bowling Club told AAP.
Despite the flooding, the bowls club has remained open with plenty of beer on hand, she said.
‘I’ve got a few farmers that have been working all night. For them we’re pretty much just staying open.’
Overnight, NSW SES performed one flood rescue and fielded 90 requests for assistance after it had issued a dozen emergency warnings, including for renewed flooding in Condobolin and Euabalong.
The Lachlan River has slowly begun to fall but remains above record levels set in 1952.
Flooding is also affecting the nearby towns of Jemalong and Hillston, where water is not expected to recede until next week.
The Lachlan River is pictured in flood at Forbes in the central west region of New South Wales
The far west towns of Hay and Balranald towards the Victorian border have also been hit with major floods, with the Murrumbidgee River set to peak next week.
A dozen emergency warnings were in place in NSW on Saturday afternoon, while 71 areas were subject to watch-and-act alerts.
Victorians living around parts of the Murray River have also been told to prepare to evacuate as a peak approaches the north-western towns of Colignan, Nangiloc, Iraak and Lambert Island.
‘Flooding will last for many weeks in this area, as the Murray River will rise, peak and fall very slowly,’ VicEmergency said on Saturday.
Volunteers arrange sandbags to protect a building from floodwaters, in Echuca, Victoria
Major flooding is also occurring on the Murray at Boundary Bend above the historic levels seen in 1975.
In SA, flood warnings have also been issued for parts of the upper and lower Murray River.
The river is expected to hit an early peak in December, before peaking again at higher levels towards Christmas.