Deadly snakes and spiders being swept along by torrents, were on February 1 threatening residents in New South Wales, Australia, already hard-hit by floods.
RESIDENT: (SEQ 4) "Not too bad. Could put is on the market for water frontage."
GV AERIAL VIEWS Farmland and homestead under floodwater; cattle standing in water. (4 SHOTS)
GV & SV Roadsign and house garden under torrents. (2 SHOTS)
GVs Young people wade along flooded road; water pours down building's steps; drinkers inside flooded bar. (3 SHOTS)
SV Resident speaking. (SOT)
GV People move TV set out of home on to truck.
SV PAN TRUCKING SHOT Flooded houses.
SV & GV AERIAL Road cut off by floods; panoramic view. (2 SHOTS)
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Background: Deadly snakes and spiders being swept along by torrents, were on February 1 threatening residents in New South Wales, Australia, already hard-hit by floods. On January 31, eighteen people trapped on a hill-top between the flooded Namoi and Mooki Rivers, near Gunnedah, had to fight a day-long battle against them. And a five-year-old boy was rescued after being bitten on the face by a spider as he ran to safety from the rising water. The Namoi State Emergency Service officer, Mr. Arch Byrne, said that the swollen rivers were carrying many types of dangerous creatures in a very frightened condition. "If people get in their way, they will strike", he warned. More than 30 homes were evacuated as the Namoi burst its banks near Gunnedah. At Tamworth, a major clean-up was underway as heavy stock losses were reported along the Peel River. One farmer was left with just 18 sheep out of a paddock stock of 300 before the flood swept through his property. The Oxley highway, between Tamworth and Gunnedah was still cut in three places, and a State Rail Authority spokesman said services were in chaos.