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New South Wales is bracing itself for ‘devastating’ floods as Lachlan River swells

Flooding continues in the central west of NSW. The agricultural cost of the floods is starting to be counted, with farmers expecting a damage bill of hundreds of millions of dollars. The flooding couldn’t have come at a worse time for growers in the Lachlan Valley, with summer crops recently planted, while winter crops were about to be harvested.

According to NSW Farmers president James Jackson, it had been devastating for growers around the district. “It will cost a huge amount. It could be more than the $200 million caused by the 2016 flood,” he said. “We see significant flow on affects right through the community when these sort of losses are sustained in the agricultural sector .. .who can ill afford it when they’re still recovering from the drought.”

Even for those farmers that aren’t flooded, logistics are likely to prove difficult with heavy rain meaning shut roads and heavy ground for machinery to move through.


Source: 7news.com.au



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