Gunnedah flooding captured in incredible drone footage | The Border Mail

Date: 2021-11-25 03:41:09

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Flooding in north-eastern New South Wales has been captured in spectacular drone footage as Australia’s east coast braces for more rain. IT support technician Jack Fathers filmed the flooding from above using a drone in Gunnedah at 9am on Tuesday, which was caused by the Namoi River overflowing. The footage showed houses surrounded by water, roads completely submerged and even a truck attempting to drive through a flooded street. Dozens of local roads have been closed across the Gunnedah shire as the Namoi River rages and spreads across low-lying areas. Mr Fathers, who is based on the southern side of Gunnedah, said “the flooding had caught a lot of people off guard by it rapidly rising on Monday”. “The majority of housing in the town hasn’t been affected, only those who are located down along the river and don’t have house built up on stilts,” Mr Fathers told Australian Community Media. The IT support technician said the flooding had not impacted him personally as he worked from home. Despite the flooding, Mr Fathers said a lot of people in Gunnedah were actually excited to see what happened next. “The overall feeling of everyone is more excitement. I don’t believe a lot if people who live here have seen the river get to the point it’s at,” he said. Australians along the eastern seaboard are bracing for a “peak day of rainfall” today with totals of 25 to 100mm anticipated for NSW, Queensland, the ACT and eastern Victoria. Bureau of Meteorology meteorologist Jackson Browne said a low pressures system over eastern South Australia was moving east towards the east coast in a severe weather update. “Accumulated rainfall shows our cloud band shifting over the eastern two thirds of Australia with Thursday being the peak day of rainfall. Widespread falls of 25 to 100mm with higher amounts and thunderstorms are likely,” Mr Browne said. “The track of this low pressure system will dictate exactly where the strongest rainfall will be. Widespread rainfall should extend along the east coast of Australia on Friday with conditions beginning to fine up, at least for most of NSW and Victoria, by Saturday.” Severe weather warning for heavy rainfall have been issued across multiple states and “further warnings are likely”. “Severe thunderstorm warnings may be issued as needed, carrying the risk of damaging winds and heavy rainfall,” Mr Browne said. IN OTHER NEWS: There are also a number of flood warnings across NSW, Queensland, Victoria, South Australia and the ACT. “Flood warnings are current over multiple river catchments with some exceeding the major flood level in NSW and Queensland. Dams are full and many catchments are either flooded or saturated so any further rain or thunderstorm activity this weekend will need to renewed river level rises across many rivers and creeks,” Mr Browne said. “Flood watches have also been issued in anticipation of the upcoming rainfall. Residents living on and near flooded rivers and creeks, especially in parts of NSW, Queensland and eastern Victoria, need to stay alert to the latest forecasts and warnings as many rivers are likely to experience flooding in the coming days.” Visit the BOM website to see the latest severe weather and flood warnings for your local area. Floods have been so bad that teachers were dropped off at school in a helicopter in Forbes in Central West NSW on Monday. Students near the Central West NSW town of Forbes have witness a school drop-off like no other this week after RFS helicopters transported their teachers across floodwaters to their school gates. In order to attend classes at Bedgerabong Public School on Monday, three teachers had to cross the dangerously high floodwaters. So, to avoid cancelling classtime, the teachers were given the aid of the helicopters, which dropped them off at their school oval. The town remains on flood alert as the Lachlan River continues to overflow, blocking streets and major arterial roads.

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