Saturday, March 3, 2012

Oz Flooding Alert: Thousands Are Evacuated

Some 3,500 people have been told to stay away from their homes in Australia as flooding threatens large swathes of the state of New South Wales (NSW).

Up to three-quarters of the state is covered by water, according to emergency services officials.

Sydney, the capital of NSW, has experienced one of its wettest summers in decades and as a result, the city's Warragamba dam has reached capacity and has started to overflow.

Almost 2,000 residents in Sydney's northwestern outskirts have been forced to leave their homes as the relentless rain continues to push river levels up.

A further 1,500 people are still not allowed to return to their homes in the towns of Cowra, west of Sydney, and Cooma, south of Australia's capital Canberra.

Goulburn, located between Sydney and Canberra, has been one of the hardest-hit towns. Read More