Tuesday, November 29, 2011

More New South Wales shires declared disaster zones, Australia - 29th Nov 2011

Hundreds of farms and rural properties in northwest NSW remain isolated after heavy floods, with relief efforts set to continue for several days.

Emergency Services Minister Michael Gallacher on Tuesday declared the shires of Moree Plains, Armidale Dumaresq and Inverell natural disaster zones.

"I saw firsthand how widespread the devastation is," Mr Gallacher said.

"There are many families and business owners who have been affected by these recent floods."

Entire parts of Moree and Wee Waa remain under water and about 2000 people are isolated, after days of heavy rain caused rivers to bloat and burst their banks.

Easing weather conditions on Tuesday allowed river levels in most of the flood-affected areas to fall slightly.

However, Wee Waa is expected to remain isolated until Thursday or Friday, with the water levels not predicted to peak until Wednesday night.

But the rise isn't expected to flood more properties, a State Emergency Service (SES) spokeswoman told AAP.

"It's just going to take a little bit longer for the water levels to subside," the SES spokeswoman told AAP on Tuesday. Source