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itsaboat 4 months ago

I am sure that just about everyone has seen what is going on in NSW here in Australia...

You can all see it on the news...So I cannot really say much more.

What I know as I write this. NSW has just "officially" requested assistance from the ADF (Australian Defence Force). I am not in the loop anymore (retired to long and getting to old). As I understand the ADF will conduct search and rescue. As I understand the ADF has been ready to mobilise for some time and has just been waiting for the official request. So the ADF should activate very quickly.

RAAF Richmond looks to be under direct threat. But it should remain air borne. So I would expect Richmond to be a central hub for the rescue mission.

Kempsey has just been "officially" ordered to evacuate. Sydney, of course get the most news, so you have seen that...The South Coast has just been placed under alert. Moruya apparently has evacuation orders but no word on the Shaolhaven.

Tomorrow is going to bring even heavier rain. There is also a front coming across from the west. South Australia is getting it now and it will be here in the next day or two....Then all that rain has to flow into the rivers!! Because most of the water is still on the ground in the catchment areas. So even when the rain stops, all that water is still going to make things worse.

itsaboat mate...Life is just a boat and then ya marry one !
itsaboat 4 months ago

So much going on it is hard to up date....

As I expected it is RAAF Richmond providing the support. Not a lot, just 2 search and rescue choppers. So maybe 200 or 300 personnel all up. As I expected, they were in the air within minutes of the formal request.

It is massive and there is so much going on...Reports are that about 10 million people are affected. About 20,000 have been evacuated. About 30 or so areas are under direct evacuation orders with more under notice to expect orders. (that is not counting the areas already evacuated).

As I thought would happen Kempsey has been evacuated (mainly the CBD and close areas). That means the lower Macleay is under.

Still no real news from the South Coast other than "brace for impact"...Same to the north. I think large parts of Macksville have been evacuated and Lismore and Taree are copping it hard.

As I say, it is just so massive and happening just so fast, it is impossible to up date. But the worst is yet to come. Most of the rain is still flowing to the rivers.

itsaboat mate...Life is just a boat and then ya marry one !
itsaboat 4 months ago

Update...But once again, just like yesterday, this thing is just so massive that a detailed update is just not possible.

Things are changing so quickly and so fast...It is not like "I see smoke" and 1 hour later you have fire. This is like minutes...

Local...We are on the edge of it. I was expecting the creek to flood and it did last night. This morning it was about 500mm (just under 2 foot) over the little bridge to the golf course. But the grass, sticks and even a small log, shows it was about 1 to 1.2 meters over night.

The rain has eased in many places but the worst is still yet to come. The water is still flowing into the river areas. So many of the rivers have not yet peaked. I know it is hard to imagine, but we are talking a land area bigger than a lot, if not most countries and it is all collecting rain water...That water has to go somewhere !!

That 20,000 evacuated that I stated yesterday. Might actually be "rescues". I just don't know. So much going on it is really hard to filter out fact from from all the data. As at about 2 hours ago 15,000 people are being evacuated on the north coast. I have lost count of the number of evacuation orders and warnings.

Still no news coming out of the South Coast other than the prior evacuation order for Moruya.

Apparently quite a few houses have been washed away on the Hawkesbury and Nepean rivers.

Deaths are very low thankfully.... There have been a few, but the first "official flood caused" was a man trapped by flood waters this morning in the western Sydney area. So the "official" count is 1.

As far as I know right now, it is not yet "official" but a warning has been issued for "severe" inland flooding. Looks like Parkes and Dubbo areas. That is a few 100k's from here but close enough to get my attention. By the looks of it this will be caused mainly by water run-off....Blue sky means nothing. The land area is so large it could take several days for the water to reach the low spots and cause a flood.

itsaboat mate...Life is just a boat and then ya marry one !
itsaboat 4 months ago

The top photo in this ABC News story is RAAF Base Richmond.

Not that it means anything, I served 3 years at Richmond.

itsaboat mate...Life is just a boat and then ya marry one !