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Australian Couple Lose Home And Pets On Wedding Day In Floods

Amelia Ward

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Australian Couple Lose Home And Pets On Wedding Day In Floods

A couple has been left without a home after it was washed away in floods as they were planning their wedding.

The pair, from New South Wales, were devastated when their town was hit by heavy flood waters.

Lyle Edge said his brother's house was washed away by the flooding, which has hit the south eastern area of Australia.

Credit: 7News
Credit: 7News

The couple's GoFundMe campaign reads: "On 20 March our brother Joshua and his fiancé Sarah lost their entire home and belongings to the flood waters in Mondrook NSW on the mid north coast.

"What was suppose [sic] to be their wedding day ended up with their house floating down river and them losing everything they have worked 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."

Prime Minister Scott Morrison said on Facebook: "The federal government stands ready to provide whatever assistance is needed, including from the ADF."

The couple's cottage was lifted from its foundations on Saturday and was filmed moving down the river.

Joshua and Sarah's home was washed down the Manning River. Credit: 7News
Joshua and Sarah's home was washed down the Manning River. Credit: 7News

The footage also shows trees submerged in rising flood waters, with the river swelling to the highest levels the area has seen in 40 years.

The Bureau of Meteorology has issued an evacuation order for residents of the area, with warnings of 'major flooding'.

There are currently flood warnings across western Sydney with Penrith, North Richmond, Wallacia and Sackville being areas of particular concern.

The State Emergency Service has responded to more than 500 rescues and 4,000 calls for assistance, while a 'mini-tornado' damaged more than 30 homes and leaving 1,000 properties without power in Chester Hill, western Sydney.

The floods have also caused issues with the rollout of the coronavirus vaccine.

A spokeswoman for the Department of Health told the Guardian: "Vaccines are being delivered across the country and will be in place in most locations by the end of the weekend.

"Due to extreme weather conditions and flooding in many parts of NSW, vaccine delivery is being affected in Sydney and across multiple regional NSW locations.

"The Department of Health is working directly with GPs on these issues and we ask for the public's patience and understanding with these unforeseen supply delays."

Featured Image Credit: GoFundMe

Topics: Australia

Amelia Ward
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