Thousands to be evacuated as downpours worsen
March 22, 2021 3:25 am
Thousands of Australians are set to be evacuated from their homes as severe flooding in the Sydney area worsens.
Days of torrential downpours across large areas of New South Wales state have caused rivers and dams to overflow, damaging homes.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison says the weather system that has caused the worst floods in decades was not going away and people should take it seriously.
” Terrible storms and floods that have been ravaging NSW these past few days have taken a heavy toll, this is not the first time that NSW has faced such terrible storms and flood events. But it is certainly very concerning for all of us and our thoughts are with all of those going through these very difficult times at this moment.”
Forecasters predict that the Hawkesbury river, north-west of Sydney, will reach its highest level since a devastating flood in 1961 on Monday.
On Sunday a young couple in New South Wales saw their house swept away by flash floods on what should have been their wedding day.
Shocked neighbours filmed the uprooted three-bedroom cottage bobbing along the Manning river after it burst its banks following heavy rain.