SYDNEY (Stocksak), – Already-flooded areas in Australia’s east were on high alert Monday following a weekend of heavy rainfalls. Authorities warned that a wild weather system could continue until later this week, triggering new riverbank bursts.
As the fourth flood crisis in the east enters its third weeks, thousands of homes and farms across a large area of New South Wales, Victoria and other states in Australia have been affected. Five people have died.
As of Monday morning approximately 200 flood warnings were still in effect in both the US and Canada, with 132 in New South Wales.
Dean Narramore, Bureau of Meteorology forecaster, stated that flood warnings were “incredible” and that many rivers are experiencing flooding from south Queensland to Northern Victoria.
Parts of Lismore, a suburb of Sydney with 77,000 residents, was hit again by a torrential downpour after heavy rains that reached up to 200 millimetres (8 in) over the weekend. Although a severe weather warning was cancelled Monday, the region remains on flood alert.
Many agricultural areas have been severely affected, including Moree, where the local river reached historic flood levels.
ABC television’s Mark Johnson, Moree Mayor, stated that the damage was extensive and terrible. “There will be some farmers that will get some crops, but there will also be many others who won’t.
As they searched for a woman who was trying to escape a vehicle that had become stuck in flood waters near Mudgee, emergency crews advised residents not to drive on the roads.
Residents of Echuca in neighbouring Victoria are protected behind a dirt barrier that was erected last week after the Murray, Australia’s longest flowing river, reached a nearly 30-year high.
Monday’s federal budget publication was delayed by Monday’s announcement that the federal government would reserve A$577 million ($370 Million) to accelerate the processing of relief payments.
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