Drones and rafts used to get emergency supplies to flood-hit fire-damaged town

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The Defence Force and SES crews use drones and unmanned boats to get supplies into the flood-hit village of Wytaliba.

The tiny village of Wytaliba, sandwiched between the New South Wales Northern Tablelands and North Coast, is no stranger to being cut off.Wytaliba in New South Wales has been cut off by road twice – by bushfire then flood – in almost four months

The SES and Defence Force have used drones and unmanned boats to transfer supplies to stranded locals The dual disasters have taken a toll but people have been heartened by the support of the wider communitythe Kangawalla bushfire, which killed two people, in NovemberNow, access to a temporary bridge has been cut by heavy rain, leaving the community stranded for the second time in less than four months.

"Every day brings something new, another challenge," said Carol Sparks, a Wytaliba local and Mayor of Glen Innes Severn Council. "We're doing our best to keep on top of it, to remain calm in these situations, but it's quite a trying time for everybody."

 

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