Incredible moment students at a prestigious Sydney university college hold swimming races in their flooded cricket oval
- Men from Warrane Colleage at UNSW used flooded Village Green field as a pool
- Field was initially closed off for redevelopment but flooded after extreme rain
- Students took advantage and held swimming races in murky, knee-deep water
Students at a prestigious Sydney university college held swimming races in their flooded cricket oval after the campus was smashed by heavy rain.
The men from Warrane College at the University of NSW used the flooded Village Green field as a swimming pool.
The field was closed off for redevelopment but after five days of extreme weather it flooded to knee-deep heights.
Two students were seen racing each other in the field water as their classmates watched on and cheered
The field was closed off for redevelopment and flooded after five days of extreme rain
Incredible footage shared online showed the students making the most of the situation and holding a swimming race.
Two students were seen racing each other in the field water as their classmates watched on and cheered.
In the background, others were seen with drinks and boogey boards.
Treacherous rivers around flood-stricken NSW will remain swollen into the weekend but are unlikely to rise further as weather conditions ease.
Some 24,000 people in NSW are still evacuated from their homes but the torrential rain that has battered the state for the week has finally settled.
About 60,000 people have nevertheless been told by the State Emergency Service to be ready to evacuate, with major flood warnings still in place for the Macintyre, Gwydir, Clarence and Hawkesbury, Nepean and Colo rivers.
There have been 11,000 calls for help to the SES so far, and 950 flood rescues.
The college students made the most of the situation by holding swimming races on the flooded field
The state enjoyed a few days of sunshine after the devastating rain that hit over a period of five days.
The reprieve in the weather paved the way for defence personnel and emergency service workers to get essential supplies to isolated communities, particularly North Richmond in Sydney’s northwest where floodwaters continue to rise.
It will also enable the extensive clean-up process to gradually begin.
Ms Berejiklian said the state remained in crisis despite the sunnier weather.
She says the damage inflicted on thousands of homes, businesses and infrastructure means life will be significantly disrupted for many people.
Some catchments are experiencing their highest water flows in 50 years.
‘What we are seeing before us in NSW is the unfolding of human tragedy … tens of thousands of people who will go back and never have the same experiences again,’ Ms Berejiklian said in NSW Parliament.
One man in NSW has died from the floods after he was found in his car, while another was found dead after being swept away on the Gold Coast.