The floods that devastated parts of western Australia have left tens of thousands of people without homes and left thousands of homes in danger.
Flooding in western Australia, which has the second-highest number of floods in the country, is likely to be worse than the floods in 2015 when more than 1,000 people lost their homes.
The heavy rainfall has left the state’s roads, power lines and other infrastructure in shambles and is likely for months to come, according to the Australian Bureau of Meteorology.
It is the worst flooding in the state since the 1930s.
“There’s been a lot of people stuck in their homes,” said Greg Taylor, the emergency services coordinator for the state government.
“[But] it’s been one of those times where it has been really hard for us to find accommodation because it’s just been so dry.”
Many people are stuck in flooded homes.
A family of three that was in their home for about four days last month were living on a truck on a road.
They told CBC News they were “literally stuck in the mud” after the road was washed away in the floodwaters.
Taylor said he was glad they could be in the house now, but not because they were there, but because they have a roof over their heads.
One woman said she was staying in her room with her mother and grandmother.
She was worried she wouldn’t be able to get out because the water was too deep.
Many of those who were rescued had been in homes that were destroyed by floods in other parts of the state, but they are not stuck there.
The number of people who have lost their home has been rising since the floods, and a new wave of people is expected to arrive in western WA on Thursday, according the National Emergency Management Agency.
While there are still plenty of people still in the homes, there are a lot fewer people in the affected areas than usual.
In one area, the government said, there were 10,000 residents in the evacuation zone, with about 20,000 of them in areas affected by the floods.
Emergency services have set up a hotline for people to call if they need to evacuate, but people should stay away from the area where they are staying, Taylor said.
He said they have had to get more volunteers to help with evacuations, but it was still a long way off.
“The emergency services have been able to work on a really tight timetable to get to everyone,” he said.