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Broken Hill volunteers help disaster areas

Monday February 25, 2013 - 08:31 EDT

Volunteers from the Broken Hill SES are in Lismore to help clean up after heavy rain and flooding in the north-east of the state.

More than 26,000 people are still cut off by floodwaters this morning.

Region controller with the Far West SES, Graeme Craig, says six Broken Hill volunteers are helping clean up.

"The types of tasks the team will undertake are very similar to what we'd see in a Broken Hill storm," Mr Craig said.

"The expectation is a number of trees could be brought down because of the wind as well as minor flash flooding around the location."

Meanwhile, local members of the Rural Fire Service have headed to Victoria to help fight bushfires.

Paul Seager from the National Parks and Wildlife Service says it has been the far west's busiest fire season since the mid-1980s.

He says crews also spent time travelling across New South Wales and interstate to help fight bushfires, bringing back knowledge to help the region.

"The more broadly experienced somebody is, the more adaptable they become to new and different circumstances," Mr Seager said.

"If we had all of our firefighting experience in the western country of New South Wales, mostly grassland and a bit of scrub and a bit of mallee further south, that would limit our experience and limit our usefulness to go to fires in the Blue Mountains or in this case, the Victorian highlands."


© ABC 2013

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