Two major weather systems have collided affecting every mainland state and territory, except for Western Australia. NSW has been hardest hit, impacting agriculture from the Mid-North Coast to the Hunter. According to disaster recovery officer Simon Oliver from the Department of Primary Industries, pastures have flooded, leaving fences underwater with livestock washing away or stranded in water.
Agriculture minister David Littleproud urged flood-affected people to wait until floodwaters receded, at which point assessments could bring a tailored response from federal and state governments. NSW State Emergency Service (SES) has evacuated 18,000 people from their homes, 15,000 on the Mid North Coast.
The heavy rain is set to continue with a new band of rain moving in from central Australia with a flood watch issued from the Queensland border down to the Victorian border along all coastal rivers in NSW.