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Couple Devastated As Their Home Is Swept Away During One In 100 Year Flooding Event

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Couple Devastated As Their Home Is Swept Away During One In 100 Year Flooding Event

An Aussie couple is devastated after their home was swept away during relentless rain in New South Wales.

The weather has been dubbed a one in a 100 year type of event and has caused chaos all over the state.

Joshua Edge and Sarah Soars were hoping this weekend would be one to remember as they were due to get married.

However, they were separated when deep floodwaters cut off the roads near their property in Mondrook, close to Taree.

Credit: 9News
Credit: 9News

Then they could only watch in horror as their three-bedroom home was ripped from its foundations and carried down the river.

To add insult to injury, they didn't just watch their home get destroyed.

Telling Channel 9, Joshua said: "Watching out home float past was devastating, we lost everything. Our little dog was in the house."


"We loved all our animals, the pain that they had to go through, I don't want to think about it. She (the dog) would have been so scared.

"The force of that river was unbelievable, to lift our home, it's just unbelievable. We've got nothing, my brother has given me clothes."

Sarah said the whole ordeal happened in mere minutes and they weren't able to save many possessions.

Credit: 9News
Credit: 9News
Credit: 9News
Credit: 9News

The couple were still separated on Sunday (March 21), according to 9News, and they were forced to borrow clean clothes from nearby relatives.

They're now trying to work out how best to restart their lives after losing so much.

"All I wanna do is kiss Sarah and give her a hug but we're trapped still," Mr Edge told 9News.


"We obviously wanted to get married but we can get married in six months, 12 months a year. It is what it is."

A GoFundMe has been established to get the couple back on their feet. It's amassed nearly $100,000 in just one day.

Credit: 9News
Credit: 9News

The organiser of the campaign, Josh's brother Lyle, said: "What was suppose to be their wedding day ended up with them losing the house they were renting and everything they have work hard for and sadly losing their pets as well.


"We are trying to raise money to help them start again, anything would be much appreciated."

Queensland and South Australian emergency services have offered to help New South Wales in its time of need.

The NSW State Emergency Service has issued flood evacuation orders for western parts of Penrith, western parts of Jamisontown and the northern end of Mulgoa.

The state government has announced a disaster recovery assistance scheme will be allocated for dozens of local government areas to help them get through this.

Featured Image Credit: 9News

Topics: Australia

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