About 70 percent of the State of New South Wales (NSW) is flooded or under threat of flooding, reports the Australian Broadcasting Corporation today (video, left).
Two of the worst hit cities are Wagga Wagga (map) and Gundagai (map), both in New South Wales.
ABC Melbourne reports that more evacuations "are expected today [March 5] in the Riverina and central west regions of New South Wales, as flood levels continue to rise" and that "in the Riverina, the State Emergency Service (SES) is preparing for possible flooding in the main part of the city of Wagga Wagga.... Wagga Wagga City Council says the levee is designed to 11 metres and a 10.6 metre peak is predicted tomorrow."
|Wagga Wagga, Water Water (photo: ABC Australia)|
As of this posting, there are two deaths being reported. NST's report (updated at 10:43 am, March 5 local) says that "One man died at Araluen in southern New South Wales at the weekend after being washed downstream as he attempted to drive through floodwaters. His two companions were rescued, one reportedly clinging to a tree. The toll rose Monday after a man died when his car was swept off a road in heavy flooding in the southeast Queensland town of Glenwood, near Gympie."
The New South Wales State Emergency Service (SES) advises people to call 132 500 for emergency help in floods and storms. Check the SES website for updates and warnings.