Australian floods leave more than 2,000 residents stranded
ITN, Nov 28 2011
Heavy flooding has cut off roads and left over 2,000 people isolated in the state of New South Wales in Australia.The town of Moree has been the most seriously affected so far, with residents preparing to evacuate.
“They’re saying it’s probably the biggest one they’ve ever had,” said one resident, while another admitted it was “quite alarming, ’cause I’m not sure what I should be doing.”
The village of Garah, on the outskirts of Moree, has also been completely surrounded by water after a levy broke.
“We’ve been trying to tarpaulin it up to stop the hole, but it’s a big hole and the water’s rushing through, and it’s very hard to contain it,” said David Denyer from the State Emergency Services.
Forecasters predict that the water will peak at a level of ten metres, before they move to other towns downstream.
Authorities warned that towns in the area may be cut off for up to a week.