NOTHING NEW UNDER THE SUN (ALMOST)
6th February, 1971 : Ten people are dead and countless families stranded without food as raging flood waters form a vast inland sea throughout eastern New South Wales. Last week’s heavy rain caused rivers to to break their banks and rescue workers are now carrying out air searches over an area that stretches from west of Gunnedah, Boggabri and Narrabri to Tiliga and Walgett in the west and Moree in the north. Millions of acres will be under water for weeks. Across the border in Victoria’s East Gippsland, water from the Snowy River catchment swamped lower reaches in eight feet of water in less than three hours.