Australia Floods – level 3

26-03-2021 15:00

Hundreds of millimeters of rain fell in parts of Australia’s New South Wales over a single night, causing severe flooding and the evacuation of thousands of residents.

Rivers have burst their banks, dams have overflowed, and many houses have been flooded. Local surfers rode the Forster-Tuncurry breakwall that is usually calm; however, it’s been turned into a muddy brown color. The floods have also been devastating for animals with local groups being set up to help rescue livestock.

Sydney has been inundated with heavy rain and many residents of the city’s western suburbs have been evacuated. The Warragamba Dam, Sydney’s main water supply, spilled over, and it caused river levels to surge, affecting the low-lying areas. Australia’s Bureau of Meteorology is warning that the rain will continue to lash the state for several days.

Difficult words: breakwall (a structure designed to protect coastal land from ocean waves), inundated (flooded), surge (to go up quickly), lash (to beat).

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