• Short Summary

    THE PEOPLE OF MAITLAND, NEW SOUTH WALES, AUSTRALIA, ARE PREPARING TO MEET FLOOD WATERS FROM SWOLLEN TRIBUTARIES.

  • Description

    THE PEOPLE OF MAITLAND, NEW SOUTH WALES, AUSTRALIA, ARE PREPARING TO MEET FLOOD WATERS FROM SWOLLEN TRIBUTARIES. AT ONE POINT THE WATER LEVEL WAS RISING BY SIX INCHES AN HOUR.

    EARLIER, AN A.B.C. CAMERAMAN FLEW OVER THOUSANDS OF ACRES OF FLOODED FIELDS, WHERE THE RIVER HAD OVERRUN ITS BANKS.

    THE WIDESPREAD FLOODING MADE A SCENE OF DESOLATION ON THE LOWER NORTH COAST. WHERE HEAVY RAINS HAVE CUT ROADS AND DISLOCATED RAIL TRAFFIC.

    AN AIR FORCE HELICOPTER FLEW FROM WILLIAMTOWN TO TAKE RELIEF SUPPLIES TO 14-FAMILIES MAROONED AT A TIMBER MILL NORTH OF MAITLAND. THE FAMILIES HAVE BEEN WITHOUT FOOD FOR MANY DAYS, AND NEWS OF THEIR PLIGHT REACHED CIVIL DEFENCE AUTHORITIES.

    SOME TOWNS HAD BEEN ISOLATED BY THE FLOOD WATERS, AND TRAFFIC OVER A WIDE AREA HAD BEEN BROUGHT TO A STANDSTILL.

    THE HIGHWAY IN ONE TOWN WAS CUT, AND THE BRISBANE EXPRESS WAS TAPPED FOR SIX HOURS BETWEEN TWO WASHAWAYS ON THE LINE. CIVIL DEFENCE AUTHORITIES HAD USED BOATS TO TAKE FOOD TO PEOPLE IN ISOLATED FARM HOUSES. ABOUT 135-FARMHOUSES WERE ISOLATED IN ONE AREA.

    AT SOME PLACES, SANDBAGS HAD BEEN USED TO STRENGTHEN THE RIVER BANKS. AT MAITLAND, THE CIVIL DEFENCE CONTROLLER, MR. DUNKLEY, SAID THE FLOOD PEAK WAS EXPECTED TO BE ABOUT 28 FEET. THE LATEST READING ON THE LEVEL OF THE RIVER WAS JUST UNDER 24 FEET.

    SPECIAL ARRANGEMENTS ARE BEING MADE WITH RAILWAY AUTHORITIES TO MOVE HUNDREDS OF TONS FILLING TO FLOOD DAMAGED SECTIONS OF THE MAIN RAILWAY LINES.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA3P86ELAMB47F7GA1SLDAMAAVS
    Media URN:
    VLVA3P86ELAMB47F7GA1SLDAMAAVS
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    25/03/1963
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:00:53:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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