INTRODUCTION: An hour-long tropical storm which hit the New South Wales capital of Sydney and its suburbs on Friday morning (4 March) caused millions of dollars worth of damage.
LV & CU House demolished by landslip at Clareville (2 shots)
LV PAN & TVs Police looking at damaged house (4 shots)
CU Land sliding (2 shots)
LV & CU Demolished house (4 shots)
LV Police and firemen standing by with people looking on (2 shots)
GV House PAN TO mud sliding down hill PAN TO Policeman talking to reporter (3 shots)
GV Tree falling across power lines sending off sparks and smoke.
CU Tangled wires around telegraph pole
TRAVEL V Floodwater around houses in Manly
TV Stranded car being passed by motorcyclist sending up spray (3 shots)
TVs Cars being towed from floodwater (2 shots)
TRANSCRIPT: LESLIE: "It came quickly and without warning. A solid wall of mud, taking with it trees, boulders and finally this brick veneer house. It belonged to an Italian family, who literally jumped for their lives as the avalanche engulfed their home. It was as if a huge force had crushed a tiny object. It left a twisted, broken building. There was nothing left to salvage. An hour after the initial slide, thick mud was still moving. (Indistinct) a second fall was near. An eyewitness told me they'd heard a deafening sound and a rumbling that shook the entire hill. He looked up to see the house disappear below the mud. It all happened, he said, in a few seconds. As it did, Robin Polimini grabbed her two children, Gino, nine, and Silvana, six, and jumped from the toppling balcony. As their feet touched ground, the house collapsed. The family car and other possessions remain buried below the rubble. Lee Polimini returned to find his house destroyed, but his family safe. For newsmen Steve Williams and Noel Walsh these were anxious moments......"
McMINN: "As we're in Manly, the floodwaters threatened houses and blocked streets. Cars had to be abandoned while owners fled for comparative safety. If the rain holds, this should drain away in about a day. If not, the creeks and drains will be ineffective. The waters will not be able to reach the sea. (Indistinct) will now be relying on a small high tide tonight to relieve the pressure. But it will take days to assess the damage, a bitter lesson in an area prone to[ this type of disaster, but it was mainly confined north of the harbours."
Police on Friday night (4 March) were dredging a swollen creek at Jewell's crossing, north of Newcastle, for the body of a 12-year-old boy who dived into the creek to rescue a friend, who managed to save himself. Vegetable coops over large areas of New South Wales have been ruined and hundreds of thousands of dollars damage has been done to the Hunter Valley wine crop.
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Background: INTRODUCTION: An hour-long tropical storm which hit the New South Wales capital of Sydney and its suburbs on Friday morning (4 March) caused millions of dollars worth of damage. A 12-year-old boy was drowned when he dived into a swollen creek to rescue a friend. At least five homes were destroyed, including a $A70,0000 (GBP45,100 sterling) house in Clareville, an outer Sydney suburb. Ian Leslie reports on the Clareville damage, and Ian McMinn reports on flooding in Manly, north Sydney.