Thousands of Australians are ordered to evacuate their homes NOW as floods unseen in 50 years prompt dozens of emergency calls and cut off cities for WEEKS.
- Ongoing in-store flooding for regional communities in NSW, Victoria and SA
- Dozens of emergency warnings remain in effect Sunday in eastern Australia
- The small town of Moulamein, New South Wales, with a population of 500, will remain in lockdown until December
Multiple catchments with months of heavy rain show that continued flooding is in store for regional communities in New South Wales, Victoria and South Australia.
As New South Wales enters day 74 of its flood crisis, dozens of emergency warnings remain in effect across eastern Australia on Sunday, while peak flooding continues to wreak havoc on inland rivers.
Locals have banded together to protect their homes and keep the beer flowing in the small town of Moulamein, New South Wales, despite the rising Edward River cutting off all access roads and isolating the community.
The State Emergency Service told residents to shelter in place on Tuesday, and the river reached 6.2m and continued to rise on Saturday night.
Flooding continues near Kerang, Victoria. In New South Wales, the state is in day 74 of its flood crisis
The small town of about 500 people is expected to remain isolated until December.
“People are working day and night to put levees around their houses and along the banks of the river so that their houses don’t get flooded,” Tamara Lee of the Moulamein Bowling Club told AAP.
Despite the flooding, the bowling club has remained open with plenty of beer available, he said.
‘I have some farmers who have been working all night. For them, we pretty much stay open.
NSW SES carried out a flood rescue overnight, sending 90 requests for assistance after issuing a dozen emergency warnings, including for renewed flooding in Condobolin and Euabalong.
The Lachlan River has begun to slowly recede but remains above the record levels set in 1952.
The flooding is also affecting the nearby towns of Jemalong and Hillston, where the water is not expected to recede until next week.
The Lachlan River is shown flooded in Forbes in the Mid-West region of New South Wales.
The far west towns of Hay and Balranald towards the Victorian border have also been affected by extensive flooding, with the Murrumbidgee River due to peak next week.
A dozen emergency warnings were put in place across New South Wales on Saturday afternoon, while 71 areas were subject to watch and action alerts.
Victorians living around parts of the Murray River have also been told to prepare to evacuate when a spike approaches the northwestern towns of Colignan, Nangiloc, Iraq and Lambert Island.
“Flooding will last many weeks in this area as the Murray River will rise, rise and fall very slowly,” VicEmergency said Saturday.
Volunteers place sandbags to protect a building from flooding, in Echuca, Victoria.
Major flooding is also occurring in the Murray at Boundary Bend above the historical levels seen in 1975.
In SA, flood warnings have also been issued for parts of the upper and lower Murray River.
The river is expected to peak early in December, before peaking again at higher levels around Christmas.