• Short Summary

    Evacuees in tents, Waragamba dam, views of Maitland town, people being rescued.

  • Description

    New South Wales.

    Dramatic music to accompany appropriate commentary.

    CU. Map of coastal area of New South Wales, showing the towns Newcastle and Sydney and flooded area shaded in. MS Street scene with pedestrians and tramcar with rain sheeting down MS people holding umbrellas hurrying to shelter in down pour. LMS man sheltering under tree in pouring rain. MS car and lorry ploughing through flooded street. Van ploughing through flooded street. Elevated flooded area. Man carrying piece of furniture on shoulders as he wades through flood. Families standing in and around tent to which they have evacuated, which is now flooded out as well. Dilapidated tent on higher dry ground. Pan up from dog to woman and boy standing in entrance to tent. Elevated coastline. Rough sea lashing against rocks. Huge breaker hurling shorewards. Pelting rain. Torrent of water racing along. Torrent cascading over Waragamba dam. Water pouring out from dam over countryside. & MS Elevated dam. Two people on bank watching water rush over the Waragamba dam into a seething cauldron below. Mass of seething water. Two people watching it. Flooded area. Wreckage floating along on water. GV flooded area. Water rushing past submerged house. A sand and gravel plant under water. A damaged dredger. Two horses marooned on tiny island. Dead animal caught in barbed wire in flood. Half submerged drowned animal. A marooned sheep. A submerged farm building. Pan up building to two roosters perched on roof. Half-submerged house. Man standing on roof of house, which is nearly covered with water. He climbs into rescue boat. Rowing boat coming towards group of people. Group of men. One being carried pick-a-back fashion by another. Two men carrying piece of furniture. Group of men taking personal belongings to safety. Rowing boats drawing up to building. One of the rowers handing round drinks to waiting people. Pan from space where a culvert was swept away by torrent to spot where car crossing it was carried to. The car. Elevated shot of one of the higher roads which is still usable. Car ploughing through water. Lorry towing three cars that stalled. Travel shot over flooded area. Elevated people working on engine of stalled car. Two men wading up to their thighs in front garden of house. Aerial shots of the Hunter Valley and the town of Maitland completely inundated (6 shots) Flooded street. The roof of a van just showing above water. Elevated flood railway station and train. Pan from signal to train nearly covered by water. Notice written in chalk - 'no admittance to station'. Engines and coal trucks almost submerged. Amphibious duck on rescue work driving along street. People standing on roof of hotel porch. People caught by the sudden rise of water huddling in doorway. Three small boys paddling rubber dinghy. People leaning out of first floor window holding rope that runs to boat below. Two men outside doorway of pub. Man swimming and delivering bottle of beer to another. Cat trapped on top of table. Pan along roof of building showing roosters. Police in amphibious vehicle. Maitland gasworks. Policeman in amphibious vehicle giving instructions. Boy climbing up ladder to balcony. People being loaded onto amphibious vehicle. A loaded rowing boat. People in rowing boat. Elderly person being helped down ladder into boat. Elderly woman being helped into boat. Head shot of a rescue worker. Rescued people crowded in entrance of Town Hall to they were evacuated. Rescue worker lifting children into boat (2 shots), loaded amphibious vehicle going along street. People being landed on dry land. Pan along three mothers feeding babies in the police station. Mother feeding baby from bottle. Mother feeding young boy with food. Sleeping man with pet cockatoo perched on his shoulder. Amphibious vehicle going along. Pan down from people to amphibious vehicle being loaded with loaves of bread to be sent to the distressed areas. Flooded areas. Dakota aircraft flying in supplies pan down to flooded area. Aerial view flooded area. Plane flying over pan down to men in rowing boat waving to it. Crew of plane pushing food out of plane. Ground seen through door of plane. Food being pushed out of plane. Crowd of children running up to food dropped onto dry ground. Crew inside plane after unloading all the food. flooded street with amphibious vehicle. Sick women being carried into rescue craft. A man being helped aboard boat. People crowded in boat. Various shots of people who have been rescued (4 shots). GV flood with house in centre submerged up to roof.


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    Film ID:
    Media URN:
    Unissued unused
    British Pathé
    Issue Date:
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Black & White
    Time in/Out:
    01:17:22:00 / 01:25:49:00
    UN 2163 H

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