Australia Floods Force Thousands Out of Their Homes

Australia deploys rescue services amid 'catastrophic' flooding

Major flooding also continues in Sydney's western suburbs of North Richmond and Windsor, while fresh evacuation orders were issued for some areas in the centre of the state.

After a police search of Cattai Creek, the vehicle was found with a man's body inside about 1.10pm.

An emergency crew later retrieved the body of David Hornman from an upturned pickup truck in a flooded creek 680 kilometers (420 miles) north near Gold Coast city in Queensland state, police said.

He said: "This is a terribly sad day for that family".

"Catchments will continue to experience flows of water not seen in 50 years and in some places 100 years", Ms Berejiklian told reporters in Sydney.

Some 18,000 residents of Australia's most populous state have fled their homes since last week, with warnings the flood cleanup could stretch into April.

Homes have been submerged, livestock swept away and crops drowned on a large scale.

"In the past days, great floods have caused serious damage in New South Wales", Francis said in his customary Wednesday remarks to the faithful.

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"The expanse of water that went right across that region was quite devastating to see and to see the homes, only their roofs and those of out sheds", Morrison said.

The military is being brought in to help communities recover from some of the worst flooding Australia has seen in decades.

On the other hand, the southern part of northeastern Queensland, bordering New South Wales, is at the mercy of torrential rivers due to heavy rains, while bad weather strikes the far southeast of Australia, including the east. Tasmania.

"Their job will be out there cleaning up, making sure that we get rid of the debris, having boots on the ground", Mr Littleproud said. Thousands of homes have been affected, and many roads, bridges and rail lines damaged.

"The upcoming warm weather and high levels of humidity is the flawless storm for a funnel-web spider BOOM in coming days", park director Tim Faulkner said in a statement.

However, no one is believed to have died since an anti-venom programme was introduced in the early 1980s.

In fact, the Australian Reptile Park produces antivenene from the funnel-web spiders themselves, and the park is asking "responsible adults" to send them any spiders they happen to catch, to aid in the production of more.

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