Australia – Train Derailed by Floods in New South Wales

Torrential rain caused flooding in Mid North Coast area of New South Wales (NSW) Australia from late 24 February 2021. Parts of a freight train derailed near Nana Glen after tracks were flooded.

A train derailed in flooded areas of Nana Glen, NSW, Australia, February 2021. Photo: Fire and Rescue NSW / Facebook

Fire and Rescue NSW (FRNSW) said “Half of the 1500m train has derailed, with one of the locomotives in a paddock and the two other locomotives are upright. One of these locomotives has leaked up to 8000 litres of diesel and 16 carriages have jack-knifed, four of which are in floodwater.

Later FRNSW said crews had managed to stem the fuel spill, adding, “All carriages carrying dangerous goods are upright and have not spilled into floodwaters.”

According to Bureau of Meteorology (BoM) figures, 310 mm of rain fell in 24 hours in Nana Glen in 24 hours to 25 February 2021.

Meanwhile, NSW State Emergency Service (NSW SES) they responded to 160 calls for assistance, including 22 flood rescues overnight 24 to 25 February, mostly in areas around Coffs Harbour and Tamworth.

BoM NSW said on 26 February that “there was heavy rainfall over parts of NSW in the 24 hours to 9AM, including 101.2mm at Coffs Harbour. Today we can expect a few showers and thunderstorms, most likely in northeast, with wet conditions continuing through the weekend.”

Flooding in New South Wales, Australia, 24 to 25 February 2021. Photo: SES NWS

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