Widespread disruption continues due to flood-impacted roads, rail, homes, properties, businesses and agricultural land
Major flooding is occurring across much of inland New South Wales and northern Victoria as flood waters continue to cause river levels to rise.
Widespread and prolonged disruption is being caused by flood-impacted roads, rail, homes, properties, businesses and agricultural land with road closures, community isolation and evacuation orders in many rural areas.
Major Flood Warnings are in place for Barwon and Darling Rivers, Macquarie River, Lachlan River, Murrumbidgee River, Murray River, Bogan River, Macintyre River, Namoi River, Narran River, Belubula River, Castlereagh River.
With inland catchments saturated and many dams at capacity in NSW, waterways will remain sensitive to rainfall with some flooding expected to continue for several months.
The Commonwealth and New South Wales Governments have jointly committed to fund a $800m package to help flood-prone areas of the Northern Rivers in New South Wales.
The move was welcomed by Suncorp Group CEO Steve Johnston. “This funding is critical to ensuring households most at risk are moved out of danger and protected from the physical, financial and psychological impact of future floods,” he said.
The Northern Rivers Resilient Homes Fund will also support home raising and retrofits to lessen the impact of future floods.
“More funding for disaster readiness is vital and must continue to focus on communities where there is high risk of extreme weather. Suncorp will continue to advocate strongly for this as part of our four-point plan for a more resilient Australia,” added Johnston.
“Today’s announcement isn’t just about rebuilding – it’s about providing peace of mind and confidence to communities that have faced years of hardship and uncertainty.”
Australia has entered its third consecutive La Niña season, meaning much of the country can expect a rainy end to 2022.