NSW floods worsen; Hawkesbury, Nepean rivers overflow; Emu Plains, Pitt City, Decrease Portland, Agnes Banks, South Maroota issued SES evacuation orders

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There’s a “superb probability” present flooding in components of NSW shall be worse than throughout earlier devastating floods, a senior federal Labor minister says.

Minister for Emergency Administration Murray Watt informed the ABC’s RN Breakfast in the present day he was “significantly involved” concerning the Hawkesbury River, with close by residents already having endured three floods up to now 18 months.

Emergency Management Minister Murray Watt.

Emergency Administration Minister Murray Watt.Credit score:Alex Ellinghausen

He stated that federal and NSW emergency administration businesses had mentioned the kind of help they would wish at an “earlier stage” than throughout earlier floods this 12 months.

“We’re significantly involved concerning the Hawkesbury River which has not but peaked … They’re now heading into their fourth [flood], which is a horrible factor for anybody to must undergo,” he stated.

“The most recent data we have now is that there’s an excellent probability that the flooding shall be worse than any of the opposite three floods that the world’s had within the final 18 months.

A car is submerged in floodwaters on Henry Lawson Drive in Georges Hall.

A automobile is submerged in floodwaters on Henry Lawson Drive in Georges Corridor.Credit score:Brook Mitchell

“The opposite worrying facet to that is that there are areas that haven’t flooded earlier than within the area … which may nicely flood this time. That’s one of many different key messages to individuals is that, simply since you didn’t flood someday within the final 18 months, it doesn’t imply you received’t flood this time.”

He stated the Commonwealth had authorized the NSW authorities’s request for a further 100 ADF troops, who would be capable of help with evacuations and sandbagging from 8am in the present day.

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