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26 November 2011

Flooding in east Australia traps hundreds in homes

Flooding in eastern Australia has left hundreds of people trapped in their rural homes and prompted rescues of at least 10 people from their vehicles.

Heavy rain has inundated several townships in northern New South Wales state, trapping motorists in their cars Saturday and leaving rural properties swamped.

According to the State Emergency Service, at least 400 people on properties southwest of Coffs Harbour and another 50 near Moree township have been cut off by the floodwaters. A number of people were rescued from cars, while a helicopter helped rescue two people from a bogged tractor.

Severe weather warnings remain in place for the state's northern parts, with more flooding predicted on several local rivers.

- AP

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