17,000 stranded as NSW floods continue

THERE have been nearly 1000 calls for help and 11 rescues in the past 24 hours as the NSW mid-north coast has been hit by heavy rain and flash flooding.

Five adults were evacuated from a house in Kew on Saturday morning by the State Emergency Service after becoming trapped from rising flood waters, SES spokesman Phil Campbell said.

It is a week since the body of 17-year-old Luke O'Neill from Bonny Hills was found in Kew after being sucked down a drainpipe.

An elderly person was rescued on Saturday morning after being cut off by the floods in Paterson in the Hunter Valley, while a man in Taree was rescued after found standing on his vehicle to escape from the rising waters.

On Friday night 13 properties in Dungog were also evacuated, with residents unable to return to their properties on Saturday.

Read more at the Sydney Morning Herald.



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