Thousands of people have been evacuated on the NSW Mid-North Coast, South east Queensland and western Sydney, as swollen rivers flood towns and torrential rain continues to lash much of the east coast.
There are over 40 flood warnings and 20 evacuation orders in place running from the Mid-North Coast down to the Illawarra, including western Sydney, with more expected to be declared before the rains cease later in the week.
Federal Emergency Management Minister David Littleproud says the situation ‘”could get a lot worse”.
Local clubs are assisting their communities where evacuation orders are in place for low lying areas of Kempsey, Macksville, Port Macquarie, the lower Macleay, Wauchope and Rawdon Island, Taree and Wingham.
With evacuation orders in place some people had been living in evacuation centres for up to three days and the NSW SES was looking for alternative accommodation for 400 people.
Many community driven clubs have stepped up to the plate to assist their community members by opening up evacuation centres for locals who are unable to seek assistance from friends and family. While the evacuation centres open and close based on need, clubs have always welcomed opportunities to assist their community. Those currently supporting displaced locals include:
- Port Panthers
- Port Macquarie Golf Club
- The Laurieton United Services Club
- South West Rocks Country Club
- Club Taree
- Wingham Golf
- Club Old Bar
- Tuncurry Bowling Club
- Wauchope Country Club
- Manning Point Bowling Club
- Richmond Club
- Castle Hill RSL
- Diggers at The Entrance
While a picture of locals drinking at a bar in waist deep flood water went viral earlier this week the true story behind the image was much more tragic than it appeared
The photo was taken in the Telegraph Point Recreation Club. Pictured are Vick and Mitch who lost their home, all their belongings and their cars. They were stuck neck deep in flood water before being rescued by their son and son-in-law who took them to the local sports club where they waited until a boat was available to take them to a safer place.
Club Manager Pam McArdle, who took over Telegraph Point Recreation Club 18 months ago and has been volunteering her time to get the village watering hole back to its former glory, thanked the community for its unwavering support.
She said the flood waters took less than an hour to engulf the area including the club.
She said it might take a month, maybe two, to get back on their feet. But it’s nothing the community can’t do, Pam continued.
“We had our bushfires last year, you know 12 months ago, and I learnt then what this community is about.
She is devastated and the emotional toll of the last four days is shared by many.
Source for Telegraph Point Club story: http://www.portnews.com.au/story/7177258/weve-got-each-other-telegraph-point-club-owner-raises-a-glass-to-the-community/