Residents in regional towns across Central NSW are living what can only be described as a never-ending nightmare as record-breaking floods continue to wreak havoc across the state.
Those living in the small rural town of Molong, in the Central-West, have described the flood as “like an ocean” as the rain and powerful storms battered the town overnight.
Speaking to The Guardian, David Stojanov, a Molong local, recounts spending Sunday night trapped on a pub balcony as he watched the roads flood over.
“They were actually quite scared at one point on the veranda because of the containers and the things that were coming their way like it was going to take the posts out,” Stojanov said.
“Then that was smashing into the posts on the side of the pub, and they were actually quite concerned that the pub was going to get taken out.
“It’s either going to make or break you, and unfortunately, I think it’s broken us.”
A shipping container making its way down main street, is not a sight you see everyday in the little village of Molong. Nearly 90mms of rain in Orange hasn’t helped it’s cause either. @7NEWSCentWest @7NewsSydney @7NewsAustralia #nswfloods pic.twitter.com/2bES1FzaSN
— Christopher Tan (@christophert77) November 13, 2022
Seeing some absolutely heartbreaking scenes come out of Central West NSW this morning. I lived here for 40 years, never ever seen floods like I’m seeing today #NSWFloods pic.twitter.com/zPnfVOK8am
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Over at Eugowra, families anxiously wait to hear news about their loved ones after a flash flood has left the entire town stranded and without reception since Monday night.
Kevin Beatty, the region’s mayor, has called the situation “devastating.”
“The entire town is flood-affected and now cut off. You can only get to it by helicopter or boat and the telecommunications are down,” he said.
We’ve deployed emergency teams to #Eugowra, in the state’s Central West, which has been inundated by intense floodwaters. A specialist in-water rescue team and a strike team leader left FRNSW headquarters in Sydney this afternoon, bound for the township ???? pic.twitter.com/vVfn45yiZc
— Fire and Rescue NSW (@FRNSW) November 14, 2022
According to The Guardian, over 200 people have already been airlifted from Eugowra’s evacuation centre and transferred to Orange after the showground was surrounded by water.
In 24 hours more than 140 flood rescues have been carried out, with about 100 people being recused from rooftops.
Yesterday, while #NSWRFS helicopters rescued trapped residents in Eugowra, a RFS strike team was deployed into Molong to assist with flood and storm damage. Our crews worked closely with residents and business owners as the clean up process begins.
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— NSW RFS (@NSWRFS) November 14, 2022
Unfortunately, the terror just doesn’t seem to end, as more NSW communities face a fresh flood crisis after Wyanagala Dam in South-East Cowra spills hundreds of thousands of litres of water across towns along the Lachlan River.
The severe storms that lashed NSW last night brought strong winds and heavy rain. #NSWRFS crews spent the night once again cleaning up and preparing for renewed flooding. In this video, the Wyangala Dam south east of Cowra, spills into the Lachlan River.
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— NSW RFS (@NSWRFS) November 1, 2022
A friend recorded this in Cowra this morning – over knee height in the shop #nswfloods pic.twitter.com/CeIzg3JbSe
— Gavin Coote (@GavinCoote) November 14, 2022
Devastating floods in central NSW. Forbes has recorded its heaviest rain on record – for any month. #NSWFloods #forbes #orangensw #Bathurst #Cowra pic.twitter.com/V1lQgvgeTY
— Thomas Saunders (@TomSaundersABC) November 14, 2022
The severity of the NSW floods has now started to spread to other states, with the Bureau of Meteorology issuing minor and major flood alerts to those living near the Murray and Edward rivers in VIC.
Over in SA, thousands of students miss yet another day of school due to the storm damage and power outages from this weekend’s rain.
News.com.au reports that more than 20 public preschools, primary, and high schools in Adelaide have stayed closed. 160,000 properties and 34,000 homes are still without power as power lines across the state are still damaged.