Once drought-ravaged farm in outback NSW is now surrounded by water

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The days are 'blending into each other' for Louise Battye and her family, who have been cut-off from the world for five days. 9News

"We're hoping we don't get much more," Battye said."We have 1000 acres here and 16,000 at Gongolgon which is also inundated with water and more to come up there, as this water moves through the Bogan system.For days the family have been forced to herd their flock through foodwaters.Over the past week Battye has raced against breaks in the rain to move "stranded" sheep to high ground - with the help of family visiting from Orange.

"Crops here at 'Wiralla' are submerged for about the third time since sowing, but this is the worst."For farmers living in outback NSW the elements have proved relentless over the past five years.Qantas apologises after damaging wheelchair "We owned a 127,000 acre station in Queensland from 2011 to 2017 and had drought for the five out of six years," Battye said.

 

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