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NSW RAIN EMERGENCY KEY FACTS AND FIGURES * Over 18,000 people must evacuate * 15,000 people waiting to do the same * 870 flood rescues until Tuesday morning, 9,700 calls for help * More of 200 schools closed * Several hundred houses flooded * The rains are not expected to abate until Wednesday. MID-NORTH COAST: * 15,000 people ordered to evacuate low-lying areas, including Macksville, Port Macquarie, Lower Macleay, Kempsey CBD * Communities facing the worst flooding in nearly a century * 100mm of additional rain are expected before Wednesday * The Macleay and Hastings rivers overflow in many areas. HUNTER AREA: * More rain on the way and the danger is not over * Major flooding occurs at Bulga in the Hunter Valley * Minor flooding may occur in the Lower Hunter starting Tuesday morning. SYDNEY WEST, SOUTH AND NORTH: * 3,000 people evacuated along the Hawkesbury River amid the worst flooding since 1961, the river is expected to peak at around 15m Monday evening * Another 50 to 100mm of precipitation expected before Wednesday * Major risks remain for residents of the west end of town * Evacuation orders in some low properties * Evacuation order issued for low estates in North Richmond and Agnes Banks due to major flooding along the Hawkesbury River * Warning evacuation issued for RV parks along the Hawkesbury River from Windsor to Wisemans Ferry * The Nepean River experiences moderate flooding, forcing evacuations * Evacuation order issued for properties adjacent to the Upper Colo River in Upper Colo , Lower Colo, Colo Central and Wheeny Creek due to major flooding. * Fears as many as 54,000 people will be displaced WEST NSW: * Parts of western NSW could receive a rainy season as another system arrives from the south * Macquarie River levels have peaked in Bathurst, with minor flooding continuing. ILLAWARRA AND SOUTH COAST: * Two flood watch alerts for the Shoalhaven and Bega rivers and the St Georges Basin * 100-300mm of precipitation expected in parts of the coming days. ASSISTANCE: * Federal natural disaster provisions activated for 38 local government areas providing $ 1,000 per adult and $ 400 per child for those affected * 1,700 SES volunteers involved in rescue and cleanup assisted by NSW RFS and services fire and rescue * Australian Defense Force will operate two search and rescue helicopters on the south coast * Up to 1,000 ADF personnel are expected to be deployed * CFA Victoria deploys 16 personnel to assist * Des New South Wales St. John Ambulance volunteers providing health services, first aid and mental health support * 9,500 claims filed with insurers * Flood victims can benefit from free legal advice disaster response * The Society of Saint Vincent de Paul has launched a flood appeal www.vinnies.org.au/NSWFloodAppeal * Les agriculteu rs from NSW appeal * Almost a quarter of a million dollars raised on GoFundMe, including more than $ 100,000 for a Taree couple whose home was taken away on their wedding day. * Rabobank, an agribusiness bank specialist, offers a range of support services to agricultural clients, including deferral of scheduled loan payments. * Bendigo Bank NSW flood appeal launched to raise funds. Associated Australian Press

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