On the weekend of the 3rd & 4th March we had over 200ml of rain in a 20 hour period, this came after about the same amount in the 5 days prior. Needless to say, a lot of areas could not handle this amount of water. Unfortunately my mothers house was one of them. She ended up having approximately 6-8" of water throughout the house. The above photo shows the water rising in the front of her house.
Trying to pump water away from the house on Sunday.
My mother is 85 years old, and we could not get her to move out. She was inside with us, bucketing out water, trying to move things etc. A real trooper! She has lived in this house for 60 years and has never been flooded before.
The family spent last week, ripping up carpet, and throwing out damaged items. Now all we can do, is wait until everything dries out so that we can see the total extent of the damage before we can start the repairs.
Most of the Riverina area has been affected by floods. There has been major and minor flood warnings for all properties and towns along the Murrumbidgee River. Even though Leeton township is not on the Murrumbidgee River, it is surrounded by irrigation canals, and these could not handle the volume of water that we received and a lot of property was inundated with water.
Leeton shire was this week declared a natural disaster area as a result of the floods.
My thoughts go out to all that have been affected by these floods, we will survive and band together to help each other.
Note: My home was safe and not affected by any flooding