Australia news live update: Scott Morrison speaks in Lismore as residents protest; NSW flood cleanup continues; Japanese encephalitis outbreak spreads to SA

Lismore residents protest Scott Morrison’s visit as more flood assistance announced; four Japanese encephalitis cases in South Australia; more wild weather on the way for NSW with 40,000 still under evacuation orders; toxic blue-green algae detected at two northern NSW dams; nation records at least 31 Covid-related deaths. Follow all the day’s newsNSW floods: Scott Morrison to declare ‘national emergency’ during Lismore visitDamaging wind warning for NSW east coast after thousands flee homes as flooding swamps SydneyPoliticians back expanding cyclone scheme to cover floods‘I can’t afford anywhere else’: the uninsurable caravan park homesFollow the Ukraine live blogSee all our coronavirus coverageGet our free news app; get our morning email briefingThe latest figures from WaterNSW will give some comfort to those in the Hawkesbury-Nepean floodplain, where flood levels are approaching 1978 heights in places.As of 5am Wednesday, the spill rate over the Warragamba Dam wall is 215 gigalitres a day, or about half the peak rate reached yesterday. The good news is that we have seen the river is falling there. The plan today is that the team will be reviewing what’s happening.They’re making sure it’s safe to return, and we are hoping during the day we might be able to issue that people can return, with caution … We just need to make sure – we need to check things like electricity, sewerage and the like to make sure it’s safe to return. Continue reading...

Australia news live update: Scott Morrison speaks in Lismore as residents protest; NSW flood cleanup continues; Japanese encephalitis outbreak spreads to SA

Lismore residents protest Scott Morrison’s visit as more flood assistance announced; four Japanese encephalitis cases in South Australia; more wild weather on the way for NSW with 40,000 still under evacuation orders; toxic blue-green algae detected at two northern NSW dams; nation records at least 31 Covid-related deaths. Follow all the day’s news

The latest figures from WaterNSW will give some comfort to those in the Hawkesbury-Nepean floodplain, where flood levels are approaching 1978 heights in places.

As of 5am Wednesday, the spill rate over the Warragamba Dam wall is 215 gigalitres a day, or about half the peak rate reached yesterday.

The good news is that we have seen the river is falling there. The plan today is that the team will be reviewing what’s happening.

They’re making sure it’s safe to return, and we are hoping during the day we might be able to issue that people can return, with caution … We just need to make sure – we need to check things like electricity, sewerage and the like to make sure it’s safe to return.

Continue reading...