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Hawkesbury River rises as record rainfall in New South Wales continues to fall

As the Hawkesbury River rises faster and flows quicker every hour through the townships of Windsor and Richmond, north-west of Sydney, amused spectators from outside the region watch warily, and rescue crews come to the aid of distressed cows.

Volunteers at evacuation centres are waiting for at least 250 families to come knocking on their doors by nightfall.

-- Reported by the Sydney Morning Herald