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2 April, 2022

Farmers face further flooding

The state’s peak agricultural body is urging farmers to keep an eye out for their neighbours as fresh rainfall once again threatens communities and landholders in the north.

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Predicted six-hour falls of up to 300mm are forecast for Tuesday night in the Northern Rivers, adding strain to already-stretched flood response efforts.

NSW Farmers Rural Affairs chair Garry Grant said it was a devastating and demoralising situation – but urged farmers and community members to remember they were not alone.

“We are calling on farmers to prioritise their own safety as well as their livestock, but also to keep an eye out for their neighbours,” Mr Grant said.

“Many members are telling us they have never seen anything like this before, and with the rain adding extra levels of pressure we are concerned that high levels of flood waters may see more homes inundated.

“To everyone in that region: stay safe, follow the directions of emergency responders, and please ask for help if you need it – you are not alone.”

Flood-affected farmers should call the Department of Primary Industries’ emergency hotline on 1800 814 647 to request assistance from Agricultural and Animal Services for animal assessment and veterinary support, emergency fodder and, if required, euthanasia and burial.

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