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Families need boats to leave home as deluge of floods hits Sydney

The flooding crisis in Sydney is at a new level.

The city is being hit with nearly non-stop rain. Some suburbs also have experienced multiple floods this past year.

It is putting a strain on the community.

Barbara Mascoll has been living in Windsor, Sydney since 1985. She spoke to us from her front yard, saying that it is difficult to get to the shops as she needs a boat.

Image Barbara Mascoll was flooded

She said, “I was up all night. I haven’t had any sleep yet so my dressing gown is still on.”

We were able to see a local charity deliver food to Ms Mascoll’s neighbors.

They are giving out hundreds of bags of supplies every day to flood-stricken households.

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“We are a resilient community, but I think everyone’s a bit weary,” Linda Strickland (chief executive of Hawkesbury’s Helping Hands) says.

“Right now, it’s all about saving lives and making people eat.”

This includes wildlife.

You don’t see it every day that a rescuer saves a kangaroo from a kayak.

Josh Robinson, the founder of Crisis Animal Response & Evacuation in New South Wales (C.A.R.E), and Harley Stewart have been taking out their kayak and boat to rescue farm animals, pets, and wildlife stranded by floodwaters.

Image Josh Robinson and Harley Stewart rescue animals from floodwaters

He said, “We are out every day rescuing animal from situations because people had to get out so fast they’ve left them behind.”

Some Windsor homeowners have decided to stay put despite floodwaters washing through their two-storey home.

Sarah Kennedy purchased her riverfront property one year ago. She has experienced flood after flood since then.

A turf farm owned by the family is also under water. This business costs more than PS1m.

Ms Kennedy, despite the hardship she has endured, says she would not live anywhere else. However, she admits that the floods can be nerve-wracking.

It’s not a pleasant feeling. You’re anxious that it will come in. It’s the first time the animal has ever entered the house.

The New South Wales government (NSW), has declared 23 areas as natural disaster zones. This is in anticipation of a long road to normality.

Image by Blacktown Council representative Moninder Sing

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Overnight, dozens of people were rescued from Sydney floods.

Moninder Singh, a Blacktown Council representative, says that his community is “shattered.”

“The highway is completely blocked. He says that no one can go into the town or out of it. “There are currently no services.”

Australia has been deemed a country at the forefront of the climate emergency.

To see this global crisis transform the lives of tens and thousands of people into a disaster, you only need to drive 45 minutes to the centre of Sydney.


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