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COMMUNITY OF TORRYBURN STILL ISOLATED AFTER STORM

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It could be another three weeks before residents of Torryburn, near Gresford, are given a way out, after floodwater swept away the village’s only bridge. While a little ingenuity has allowed fresh supplies to be delivered, many locals feel they’ve been forgotten. Read More »

MEMORIAL SERVICE FOR DUNGOG FLOOD VICTIM

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The devastating impact of last month’s cyclonic storm continues to be felt in Dungog. Today, hundreds gathered to farewell one of three people killed during the disaster. Read More »

FLOOD WATERS MAROON MAITLAND RESIDENTS

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More than 2,000 people are still marooned by flood waters around the Hunter Valley town of Maitland, where police have now identified an elderly woman swept to her death. In the worst hit town Dungog, there was a rescue with a difference. Read More »

WOMAN’S BODY FOUND IN MAITLAND FLOOD WATERS

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Police divers have recovered the body of an elderly woman, whose car was swept into flood waters in Maitland. At around 9am yesterday, emergency services were called to Cessnock Road near Gilleston Heights. Four people entered the water to assist, but had to be rescued themselves. The search – involving police, Fire and Rescue New South Wales and the SES, continued throughout the day – until the car was located at around 6pm. Police had been told two women were in the car, but divers found no evidence that a second person was inside. Read More »

TWO FEARED DROWNED IN MAITLAND FLOOD WATERS

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Police divers have located the car, that was swept away by floodwater near Maitland. Two elderly women, trapped inside, are presumed drowned. It follows a dramatic search, involving dozens of emergency service personnel. Read More »

HEALTH WARNING: IF IN DOUBT, THROW IT OUT

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Hunter New England Health has issued a reminder to people without power, to throw out all food that has been unrefrigerated. Public health physician, Tony Merritt, says when power to the fridge has been off for more than four hours, perishable food will spoil and can cause serious illness. “Any food that was in the freezer and has now thawed needs to be consumed within 24 hours or thrown out. Never refreeze frozen foods that have thawed,” he said. Hunter New England Health is also warning residents to steer clear of flood water, which may be contaminated. Read More »

STORM LATEST: EMERGENCY SERVICES SEARCHING FOR THREE PEOPLE

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The Hunter’s flood emergency focus has shifted to the Maitland area today where as many as three people remain unaccounted for after two vehicles became trapped in rising flood waters. The Westpac Rescue helicopter as well as emergency services with flood boats are on scene searching an area of Cessnock Road near Gilleston Heights. A witness says the car attempted to go around another car which had stalled, when it was swept into the rising flood waters. Other travellers went to help but along with the occupant of the first vehicle, were washed away. So far, the SES has received 2733 calls for help in the Hunter region alone.   Read More »

FLOOD WATCH FOR THE NEW SOUTH WALES COAST

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There’s a flood watch for the New South Wales Coast from the Manning to the Central Coast. A low pressure cell is expected to cause heavy rainfall across the area over the next two days. At this stage there is a greater than 70 per cent chance of some flooding in areas including Gloucester and Bulahdelah from early Tuesday morning.   Read More »

FLASH FLOODING IN COFFS HARBOUR

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A severe thunderstorm has left several homes, businesses and cars flooded in Coffs Harbour. According to the Bureau of Meteorology, the area copped 49-millimetres of rain between 12 and 1pm this afternoon. Wind gusts of up to 80 kilometres per hour were also recorded at Coffs Harbour airport. The State Emergency Service is urging people to avoid driving through flood waters. Tune in to NBN News at 6pm for more pictures and information. Read More »

60TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE MAITLAND FLOOD

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Today represents a significant milestone in the history of Maitland, with the city marking 60 years since it was at the centre of a major flood emergency. It caused widespread damage, resulting in the deaths of 14 people. The flood of 1955 transformed Maitland and led to the implementation of an extensive flood mitigation program, involving a system of levee banks. Despite the measures, the threat of a major flood remains ever-present. Tonight there’ll be a special commemorative event in Maitland, which includes a screening of the classic Australian movie, Newsfront. Read More »

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