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article imageFlooded Town In New South Wales have Been Declared Disaster Zones

By KJ Mullins     Apr 1, 2009 in Environment
Australian towns along the Bellinger River in New South Wales are being declared natural disaster zones. Over 3,200 people have been left stranded as the river peaked at 8.6 meters yesterday evening.
The flood is being hailed as a once in a century phenomenon by emergency services.
Major flooding in the Coffs Harbour, Nambucca and Bellingen areas have seen hundreds of people having to flee their homes.
The Australian reports:
"The declaration will provide for a range of assistance to people who have suffered property damage, including residents, councils, business owners and primary producers," NSW Emergency Services Minister Steve Whan said.
"It will particularly assist councils with the cost of repairing serious road damage caused by floodwaters."
The disaster zone could be extended further as the Government assessed flood damage, Mr Whan said.
People have had to be sent 60 to 80 kilometers to other hospitals after Coffs Harbour Hospital was flooded.
Adding to the problems that residents are already facing are landslides that washed away a rail ballast and parts of the north coast rail line north of Coffs Harbour. The line is expected to be closed until tomorrow night between Kempsey and Casino.
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