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Storm toll: 6 missing, 2 dead

Discussion in 'News & Events' started by Hails, Jun 9, 2007.

  1. Hails

    Hails Well-Known Member

    We getting the cold wet weather out here , this is shocking...

    Another person has been listed as missing after savage storms in New South Wales, with a search under way in the Newcastle suburb of Lambton for a man who has been washed away.

    The 40-year-old fell into a stormwater drain yesterday evening after he got out of a car on the side of a road.

    Police Inspector Peter Walsh says police tried in vain to find the man during the storm last night.

    "Since that time police have been conducting searches with the assistance of water police," he said.

    "[We have] grave fears for his welfare."

    Another search is continuing for five people who were swept off a road on the Central Coast yesterday.

    A crushed Ford sedan was found abandoned in the riverbed at Piles Creek, 100 metres downstream from a gaping hole in the old Pacific Highway at Somersby.

    Police say the road collapsed at around 4pm AEST yesterday, near the intersection with Wisemans Ferry Road.

    The car, carrying two adults and three children under the age of eight, was swept downstream.

    Some 40 emergency service crews are searching the area and police divers have been sent from Sydney.

    Overnight, two bodies were retrieved from a car washed away by floodwaters at Clarence Town in the Hunter region.

    The NSW Premier has decided not to declare a state of emergency in the weather-affected areas, but a declaration of a natural disaster remains in force for the Hunter and Central Coast regions.

    Morris Iemma was briefed this morning by the state of emergency management committee about the weather situation around the state.

    Mr Iemma warned people to rethink their travel plans for the long weekend.

    "It is still am extremely dangerous situation, don't take risks," he said.

    Mr Iemma described the overnight storm as extraordinary - with unprecedented swells of 17 metres recorded off Newcastle.

    He says 200, 000 households between northern Sydney and the Hunter are without electricity.

    Mr Iemma praised the efforts of police, the State Emergency Services (SES), emergency service workers and the community for their courage and heroism.

    Clean-up begins

    Newcastle's Lord Mayor John Tate has paid tribute to the hundreds of council employees who are out cleaning up the streets after last night's devastating storm, including one man who risked his life to save a young boy caught in a storm water drain.

    More than 200 council workers are on the streets of Newcastle clearing the debris from last night's storm.

    The streets are littered with uprooted trees and cars abandoned during the rising floodwaters.

    Cr Tate says if the weather holds, they hope to have the majority of the clean-up finished by Monday afternoon.

    He has also paid tribute to one council worker who jumped into a stormwater drain to rescue a 12-year-old boy.

    "He was in the water for about 20 minutes hanging onto them till help arrived," he said.

    "There's a lot of dedication among council workers who are out there, so they're pulling their weight and doing a great job."

    NSW Police Commissioner Ken Moroney has praised the efforts of all those helping in the wild weather.

    "We are receiving reports of acts of courage and bravery and commitment and selflessness, not only by the Emergency Services - drawn from [the] ambulance, fire brigade, SES and police - but indeed members of the community," he said.

    Meanwhile, freight ship, the Pasha Bulker, remains stranded on Newcastle's Nobby's Beach.

    CEO of Newcastle Port Corporation, Gary Webb, says a salvage team is due on board the vessel later today.

    "The inspection will be confirming where fuel is in the vessel, having a look at the state of the vessel, and talking with the master and engineer about the ability to provide power on board the vessel," he said.

    Rain, winds to continue

    The weather bureau says parts of the Hunter Valley can expect major flooding tonight as winds and rain in the region begin to pick up for a second surge.

    While the battering will not be as bad as yesterday, more strong to gale force winds are expected to lash the coast.

    The bureau says even though conditions will ease later today, major flooding downstream of Denman is predicted to peak this evening.

    Meteorologist Julie Evans says the new system will have a sting in its tail.

    "The east coast low which has been bedevilling our coast for a couple of days now is soon about to move off eastwards and as that happens we're expecting to see an increase in the winds and we are actually just starting to see that a bit," she said.

    "The winds have picked up a bit in Newcastle and also another band of rain has just moved in across the newcastle area as well so it looks as though we're starting to see that surge we've been expecting."

    Almost 100,000 homes remain without power and a spokesman says it could be several days before all services are restored.

  2. Hails

    Hails Well-Known Member

    I used to go to Wisemans Ferry , its where alot of rich people live and hang out alotta Opera singers live their to , but the fucking pub there is haunted , no word of a lie.
  3. SurfSarge

    SurfSarge misfit

    Freaky weather for sure.. :eek: