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HINTON AND MORPETH STRUGGLE WITH FLOOD WATER

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The small town of Hinton near Maitland is isolated tonight, with residents entering their fourth night without power. Today, the SES came to their rescue, delivering supplies and ferrying those who wanted to leave, to Morpeth. Read More »

CESSNOCK MOPS UP AFTER FLASH FLOODING

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In the Hunter Valley town of Cessnock, businesses have been mopping up after flash flooding turned the main street into a running river. Residents have told too, how they fled the rising water. Read More »

STORM CONTINUES TO RAVAGE CENTRAL COAST

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Owners of damaged homes on the Central Coast fear they’re being targeted by looters. It comes as Premier Baird says it may be another week before power is restored to some 55,000 homes. Read More »

SPLENDOUR 2015 DECLARED A SELL OUT

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Splendour in the Grass tickets have sold out in under 50 minutes. Staying true to its reputation as Australia’s fastest selling festival, more than 30,000 tickets were snapped up online this morning. Read More »

DOG EUTHANASED AFTER ACT OF ANIMAL CRUELTY

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Sadly, the RSPCA has had to euthanase a dog, which was found bashed over the head in Cessnock on Monday. The staffy crossbreed was first sighted by a member of the public on Sunday night, and was located in bushland along Gibson Loop in the National Park on Monday. The dog had severe head injuries, and despite around-the-clock veterinary care, his condition deteriorated yesterday. The RSPCA says it was in the best interest of the dog to humanely euthanase him. It’s still looking for the person responsible and is appealing for anyone with information to come forward. Read More »

SES SCAM WARNING

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The SES says it’s received several calls from residents who’ve had people calling them, claiming they are members of the organisation and are running a raffle to support flood victims. The SES says it does NOT operate any such raffles. Authorities are also warning of people dressed as SES volunteers and door knocking for donations at Lake Macquarie, as well as Tanilba Bay in Port Stephens. Again, the SES says it NEVER door knocks residents. Meanwhile residents in Bolton Point at Lake Macquarie have also reported seeing people dressed as SES volunteers and looting homes in the area. Read More »

WOMAN’S BODY FOUND IN MAITLAND FLOOD WATERS

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Police divers have recovered the body of an elderly woman, whose car was swept into flood waters in Maitland. At around 9am yesterday, emergency services were called to Cessnock Road near Gilleston Heights. Four people entered the water to assist, but had to be rescued themselves. The search – involving police, Fire and Rescue New South Wales and the SES, continued throughout the day – until the car was located at around 6pm. Police had been told two women were in the car, but divers found no evidence that a second person was inside. Read More »

DUNGOG GRIEVES FOR THREE FLOOD VICTIMS

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Dungog was today slowly emerging from under a blanket of water and mud – while grieving for the three victims swept to their deaths. But there was also relief as five people who seemed doomed were saved by a man – and his wheelie bin. Read More »

TWO FEARED DROWNED IN MAITLAND FLOOD WATERS

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Police divers have located the car, that was swept away by floodwater near Maitland. Two elderly women, trapped inside, are presumed drowned. It follows a dramatic search, involving dozens of emergency service personnel. Read More »

SES INUNDATED WITH CALLS IN NEWCASTLE

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The SES is still being swamped by calls for assistance with more than 900 recorded by late this afternoon in Newcastle alone. Meanwhile, Ausgrid has 800 staff on the ground, most trying to restore power to Hunter and Central Coast homes. Read More »

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