Hundreds evacuated in Australian floods

Flood images - Athlone, Nov 27th, 2009

From news reports

About 600 people were ordered to leave their homes in Griffith, northwest of sodden Wagga Wagga, as floodwaters threatened the low-lying New South Wales town of 16,000 people.

State Emergency Services spokesman James McTavish told ABC radio it could become isolated.

“There is a very significant flood emergency there. There is the potential for that flood emergency in Griffith to continue for a couple of weeks and a large number of people have been evacuated in the last 24 hours,” he said.

“We’re hopeful though that the preparations that we’re putting in place, today in particular, will protect more of Griffith and surrounds.”

The evacuation order came as a severe weather warning was issued for Sydney, the south coast, and the Illawarra and Hunter regions of New South Wales with heavy rain forecast that could lead to flash flooding.

Source : http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/australiaandthepacific/australia/9127518/Hundreds-more-evacuated-in-Australian-floods.html

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