Entire buildings were ripped from their foundations after a flood flooded a small Australian town, which emergency authorities called it a “wall of water.”
The town of Eugowra, about 350 km west of Sydney, Australia, was flooded on Monday but it is still impossible to determine the extent of the damage left by the muddy waters.
New South Wales state emergency service spokesman Steve Hall said first responders The aid workers painted a gloomy picture of the situation in the town of some 800 people.
“Everything they hold dear has been washed away by a wall of water”, he portrayed. “All their possessions are covered in water and mud, they will have to go back and start again”.
Residents climbed onto the roofs of houses as the floodwaters reached their highest point on Monday night, before being rescued by helicopters.
State government chief Andrew Gee said Eugowra was covered in vehicles swept away by the flood and that some buildings were “torn off their foundations and carried down the street”.
“Residents spoke of a tsunami it got to them”, Gee told national ABC television.
The Wyngala dam burst its banks Sunday night after heavy rains, spilling 230,000 megaliters Monday into watersheds near the town.< /p>
The town of Forbes, 40 km west of Eugowra, was evacuated as floodwaters moved through the river system.
Some 14 people had to be rescued from the Plainsman Motel in Forbes, which was left covered in water Tuesday afternoon.
Australia has seen extensive flooding disasters this year. s on its east coast, with more than 20 deaths.