The rains have been flooding communities since Thursday, but parts of the east coast were in crisis due to a major dam breakdown on Saturday, causing flooding and flooding of rivers.
NSW’s Emergency Services Minister David Elliott said at a press conference on Sunday, NSW and the federal government have signed 16 natural disaster declarations in areas of the central and mid-north coast, from Hunter Valley near Sydney to Cough’s Harbor.
There have been no deaths yet – but, Elliot warned, “we are growing closer and closer to the inevitable raging.”
“We cannot say this enough: Do not endanger yourself, do not put agencies that are there to assist you in the event of a flood rescue in danger.”
Head of state at the news conference Gladys Berekiklian said some families were forced to evacuate in the middle of the night as the rivers rose to alarming levels, and 4,000 more people – mainly in the Hawkesbury area – evacuated on Sunday. may have to.
“It’s nothing like we’ve seen since the 1960s,” Berejikilian said. In some parts of the state, which have been severely affected, this is a one-time event; In other areas, such as the Hawkesbury area, it is a “one-on-one 50-year” event, she said.
Joshua Edge and his fiancée Sara Sorus lost the house they were renting on Saturday that was supposed to be their wedding day. He lost everything he owned, including pets, such as floodwaters through Mondrock, an area near the town of Tai in NSW, Edge’s brother Lyell wrote on a GoFundMe page set up to help the couple Was.
Page has raised about $ 100,000 AUD (about $ 77,000 USD) from 1,779 people in one day. A video circulated on social media showed a house carrying a flood in the same area, but CNN could not independently verify that it was an edge and was living in the Tories.
“We are just blown away with the generosity of the people,” said Lyell Edge in a Facebook post. “We are all very grateful and can’t [sic] Thank you all enough. ”
Since Thursday, the State Emergency Service (SES) has responded to 7,000 calls for assistance and conducted more than 750 flood rescue operations. Thousands of emergency personnel and volunteers are still on the ground to help stranded residents.
Berejiklian urged residents to follow local guidance, stay off the roads and order rescue when needed – even for those who live in flood-prone areas and have experienced flooding before can do. “It’s different,” he warned. “What we’re going through is different from what you’ve done for the last 50 years. So please take it seriously.”
Authorities have not yet known how many homes or infrastructure have been lost, but “the damage is substantial,” she said.
Elliott said the natural disaster declaration could be further extended to the coast, if damage increases, Elliott said. The declaration allows affected people to receive financial assistance, including recovery of damage to homes, subsidies for affected livestock or agriculture, and low- or zero-interest loans.
Australia’s federal government activated disaster relief for flood-affected NSW residents, Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced in a Facebook post on Sunday.
Those who are heavily injured, have lost homes or damaged their homes will be entitled to $ 1,000 AUD (approximately $ 770 USD) for adults or $ 400 AUD (approximately $ 310 USD) for children.
“The terrible storms and floods that have been ravaging NSW for the past few days have been taking a heavy toll,” Morrison said in a video address accompanying the post, mentioning that they are in regular contact with Bereselian.
The Prime Minister praised emergency workers and volunteers in his remarks, urging people in flood-hit areas to listen to their advice and warnings, saying, “For now, our message is to keep yourself safe, keep your family safe Very clear to keep and for those people. You follow the directions of very competent, professional agencies and bodies and the volunteers who support them. “
Agata Imelska of the Bureau of Meteorology said that heavy rains are expected to bring significant rain to come across the state from the west, with rain forecast for the coming week. The most affected areas may receive more than four times the monthly average of March.
According to a statement from the Bureau of Meteorology, such an event is expected to worsen in 1961 as flooding on the Hawkesbury River running north and west of Sydney.
Wednesday will be the first day of some retreat, with rain expected to occur.