SMH’s Nick Moir shares flash flood photos of devastation and suffering

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Three years ago, environmental and weather factors screamed that NSW was entering a fire season on an unseen scale. Now those same factors are stacking upside down. The Bureau of Meteorology has issued warnings of severe storms and river flooding.

I have seen our rivers bleed across the landscape, some with multiple major floods along their length. The unpredictability of the storm system threatens potential flash flood areas.

Flooding rivers slowly destroy crops and towns in the interior, but flash floods are the killer. They are very hard to spot until they actually start happening. I tried to follow these systems and find the most visually impressive storms.

Areas that once looked like deserts now look like oceans. The incredible fury of the water jets exploding at the Wyangala Dam is like a steam train or a tsunami. It is truly an inner tsunami.

The entire state experienced major flooding and Herald photographers, such as my colleagues Rhett Wyman and Brook Mitchell, are committed to telling the stories of people suffering from these disasters.

Floods come with their own set of potential life-threatening hazards – foot infections, sunburn, dehydration, gastro and infected insect bites, as well as submerged holes and debris.

These images are from the past few weeks and provide insight into the birth and growth of a slow-growing flood that I fear has not peaked in its ferocity or scale.


The turbulent underside of a platform cloud near Griffith earlier this month.Credit:Nick Moire

Flash flooding in Eugowra on Monday destroyed the town.  Some houses were washed away from their foundations.

Flash flooding in Eugowra on Monday destroyed the town. Some houses were washed away from their foundations.Credit:Rhett Wyman

Water flows from Wyangala Dam in west central New South Wales.

Water flows from Wyangala Dam in west central New South Wales.Credit:Nick Moire

Dick Sharkey's friends and family help protect his Forbes home from flooding.

Dick Sharkey’s friends and family help protect his Forbes home from flooding.Credit:Nick Moire

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