2 Mar 2012

Most of NSW under water

9:09 pm on 2 March 2012

The Australian state of New South Wales is facing its heaviest deluge in decades.

The State Emergency Service says the widespread rain has led to an extraordinary and unusual flood situation, with 75% of the state facing flood warnings.

Four communities in southern New South Wales have broken century-old rainfall records.

A number of towns from Cooma in the Snowy Mountains to Bathurst in the central tablelands are on flood alert and 1500 people across the state have been ordered to evacuate.

The rain eased slightly on Friday, but forecasters are warning of falls of up to 100 millimetres across the state.