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(generated from captions) This program is not captioned. This program is live captioned by Ericsson Access Services. Today, people rescued and rivers rising north of Adelaide. Concerns of major flooding in Galler this morning.This is a significant event and a number of communities have been impacted.A packed commuter train crashes into a station in New Jersey during the morning rush hour. Former Federal Minister Wyatt Roy cops a barrage of criticism after getting caught up in a deadly fire fight in Iraq. And it's that time of year - thousands of fans turn out to support their teams ahead of the NRL and AFL Grand Finals. Hello and welcome to Mornings, I'm Joe O'Brien. Taking a quick look at

There are major flood concerns in SA this morning after soaked catchments took on more rain overnight and into this morning. The main worry is the north and south Parra rivers that meet at Gawler to the north of Adelaide. Around 70mm fell in the catchment in the 24 hours to midnight. The caravan park at Clare was evacuated last night and the town is being sandbagged. There are also concerns south of Adelaide where there are moderate flood warnings for the oncpuringa river. The SES advised residents in neuryoop tu-Tanunda, Roland Flat, rose dale, Kingsford to follow emergency flood plans.We've had lot of rain overnight still going to the catchments and most of the rivers are continuing to rise. Our real concern is people are still entering floodwaters. This morning alone we've had six different cases of swiftwater rescues where we've had to endanger the lives of our crews and those of the responders, going in to help people who really could have been prevented had some common sense taken place. People should stay studented to their emergency service broadcasts and check the websites and stay abreast of what's going on.Dermot Barry there from the SES and we'll get more from the SES in about 30 minutes time, the latest information from them with this unfolding sit through this morning. We've got reporters Nicola Gage and Leah Mclennan in the flood-affected areas. Nicola, explain where you are and what is the situation there?Morning, Joe. I'm in the heart of the Barossa Valley wine district just outside of Nuriootpa. This is usually a road but as you can see it looks more like a river at the moment. The north Parra river has burst and it is causing flooding right along through the Barossa Valley. Nuriootpa, there's risk of flooding there, as well as Tanunda. When we were driving through, many roads looked like they were about to be blocked off. Trees were up rooted from the massive storm cell that's passed through SA over the last few days. Just in this catchment alone, about 70mm of rain has fallen in the past 24 hours and 20mm is expected to fall this morning so these rivers are rising. They are expected to peak this morning so it is a very nervous wait for residents. Just behind me, as you see, this used to be a road. Someone had to be rescued from here this morning. There is still a car in the middle from here this morning. There is
still a car in the middle of the road. Emergency services were here about 3:00am this morning rescuing the people inside. We about 3:00am this morning rescuing
the people inside. We don't know the exact situation but they did get out safely. There was another car stuck here when we arrived a few hours ago and they had to be towed out so authorities are warning people they should stay away from floodwaters and if they're in this region, especially in the low-lying areas around this river, to enact their flood survival plans urgently.Leah Mclennan, you're a bit further north than Nicola, aren't you? Where are you and what's the situation there? We're in Auburn and behind me is the Wakefield River. Much like what Nicola was saying, this is a road normally. Cars can Ford the river on this road, but as you can see it's up quite high. I think is looking like it's probably around the metre mark at the moment. We were here in the same spot last night. It has subsided by maybe half a metre or so since then but it was a very nervous night for locals, just in front of me there are houses probably just evacuated.
20m away. They've sandbagged, they'd evacuated. It was a nervous night and they've come back to look this morning and I think they're relieved to see it has subsided from the high of last night.Nicola, back to you, you say you're on the north Parra river and we've heard the major concern is the town of Gawler which is downstream from you. The water behind you is heading for Gawler, where two rivers that are in flood actually meet?That's exactly right. Even here, there are so many grape vines being inundated with water and you can just see how fast it is running down the system and because this catchment was already full, this water is heading down to the South Parra river, that's where a flood watch is in place and authorities are expecting flooding around the township of Gawler so this really is a moving feast. Up here, many people are looking around because it quite extraordinary to see just how much water is here, similar to Clare. People who were in the caravan park at Tanunda were woken up at 2:00am this morning and told they had to be evacuated. They were moved into a hall so there are many things happening around here and even though this is the main area of the emergency, there are many other river systems and gullies that are reaching peaking levels across SA at the moment so many residents right across need to be watching the conditions to see what's happening next.Nicola, you mentioned the Tanunda caravan park there. We've also heard that in Lyndoch there were people who were rescued as early as this morning. You mentioned the car behind you there with the water across the road there at Nurioopta. Have you heard much about - anything much else in the towns of the district like Tanunda and Lyndoch?Just speaking with people here, there are many stories about people not being able to get across roads that were cut off. In Tanunda, about half an hour's drive away, there was one man that one of my colleagues spoke to, he was just watching as the river levels were rising and reaching the bottom level of his house. Obviously, there are some low-lying areas around here. Over the past two days more than 100,000 sandbags have been handed out to residents right across the State so people were preparing for this but he was just watching and saying, "I can't believe this is about to happen," and there was really nothing he could do. There was a very nervous wait for people. Scoolsz are open in the region I have been told --schools. But no school buses are operating but, as I was saying earlier, authorities are urging people to stay out of floodwaters. It is still a very dangerous situation. There is a lot of water on the sides of roads and as these water levels are rising, many more roads could become cut off.It looks like conditions aren't the best there today as well. We'll go back to Leah Mclennan up near Auburn now. Leah, we've heard there was a situation in the town of Clare. How far north of where you are is Clare and what's happened there overnight with the caravan park and concerns about the town of Clare We were in inClare yesterday. It's not far from Auburn, just a short drive north of here. We were in the main street which looks like the kind of place you would never think would be flooded but people were sandbagging there because the Hutt River is going a few metres behind the main street. The caravan park, the river basically goes straight through it. As a pre-emptive measure they evacuated the caravan park, all the caravans had gone to higher ground and I think it was a difficult night for Clare as well as Auburn.Leah, has there been much rain where you have been overnight and are they hopeful that maybe there won't be too much more through today?I think they're hopeful there won't be too much more through today but last night it rained almost all night. I can't tell you exactly how much rain fell but it felt like it was raining all night. I spoke to a woman who lives really close to here. She said it was a sleepless night for her. She stayed in a friend's house because she was so close to the river but she couldn't sleep just listening to the rain and thinking, "What's happening to the river that's flowing through my house?" Luckily, it wasn't hitting her home. It is going down and people are hoping will stay that way.OK, Leah Mclennan and Nicola Gage, thank you for the up date. Just before we move on from SA, because there are other States being affected as well at the moment, I'll just mention once again that concern about the town of Gawler which is downstream from where Nicola was reporting there. That's a junction of those two rivers, there's concern there will be major flooding in parts of Gawler this morning. If you want very detailed information on those concerns about Gawler you can go to the Bureau website, SA isn't the only State watching water levels. Parts of Tasmania have also been on alert for torrential rain from the same weather system. Damian McIntyre was reported drenched from some part of Tassie yesterday. Looks like you've dried out a bit this morning, Damian. What is the latest on the situation there near Launceston?Yeah, Joe, I'm are on the banks of the North Esk river in the Launceston suburb of Saint lennards. As you can see behind me, the river is quite full and flowing really quickly. This is one of six rivers in the State where a flood warning is in place. The rain and wind has certainly eased from what it was like yesterday. In parts of the north-west yesterday, there were wind gusts of up to 90 km/h on several exposed areas. The highest wind gust recorded was 113 km/h on Tasman Island. There was also torrential downpours in many areas. Fisher River in northern Tasmania had 95mm of rain while Mount Victoria on the State's east coast recorded 81mm of rain. There is a severe weather warning still in place but that weather front has moved away from the north and north-west and it's headed to the east coast and that will also head to - is also extended to the south-east today so a severe weather warning continuing for damaging winds and heavy rainfall but the threat appears to have left the north and north-west but the south day.
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the moment. That area has received a lot of rain this year, hasn't it?It has. There's been record rainfalls this winter in this region. Because the rivers are already so full, there is a concern about flash flooding. It only takes a small bit of rain for these rivers to really reach their peaks.And as far as you know so far, there haven't been any reports of major damage or people being injured as a result of this in Tassie?So far so good. The SES has received a number of calls for help but they've only been minor call-outs including parts of roofs that have blown away, small leaks, but at this stage there's been no injuries or no major damage but there's a number of SES crews on stand-by throughout the State ready to react to any damage that is caused from this weather.Damian McIntyre reporting there from the north esk river in Launceston. Moving to other news now, former Federal MP Wyatt Roy is defending himself against criticism for travelling to Iraq. He apparently got caught up in an Islamic State fire fight. He was visiting Kurdish forces in Iraq's forth. He lost his seat in the federal election. Both sides of politics are condemning his action. Dan Conifer joins us from Canberra. Dan, why was Wyatt Roy there?That is the $64,000 question. He was in the Shinjar region of Iraq, about 100km west of Mosul, an area that's illegal for Australians to travel to and about 50 kilometres to the east of the Syrian border. He was with these Kurdish Peshmerga fighters there and he says that they came under attack from the Islamic State group and he witnessed this fire-fight before fleeing the area and before Coalition forces came and struck the IS forces, resulting in a number of casualties. He is known for his advocacy of Kurdish interests as well as an independent Kurdish State for the Middle East. Here he is this morning on Channel 9 explaining his trip.... 2 minutes in the last few months that there was a Daesh attack of about 15 Daesh terrorists but the Peshmerga were incredibly professional. They pushed them back, about about a half-hour fire fight, we were able to get back to shinjar and the Coalition were able to repel the terrorists.What have both sides of politics had to say about this?The message coming right from the top, Joes that this was very, very stupid. Those were the words of the Prime Minister a short time ago on radio, saying he'll be counselling Roy a --Wyatt Roy once he sees him next, giving him sage and stern advice about this. Julie Bishop, the Foreign Minister, yesterday released a statement saying it was a very dangerous region and Wyatt Roy was placing both himself and others potentially at danger too, if anybody had to come and rescue him, and she reiterated that Australians shouldn't go to the region that Wyatt Roy went to but the condemnation from his former senior Minister, Christopher Pyne, on the 'Today' Show, wasn't as firm as others in the Government.He's a very good friend of mine and I'm glad he's safe and well, that's the first thing, the most important thing, whoever the Australian is who happens to be in Iraq.Labor says that it should be Australian military forces and not cowboys like Wyatt Roy living out their boyhood dreams taking on Islamic State in the region. Richard Marles also speaking on the 'Today' Show had this to say about the trip.This is profoundly stupid, profoundly selfish. We're talking about a war zone, this not a Contiki tour here and Julie Bishop is right that if anything had happened to Wyatt Roy it would have put others' lives in danger who might have needed to provide assistance.A rare show of bipartisanship that the 26-year-old former MP for Longman who was defeated at the last election should have went somewhere else for his post-politics trip and not war-torn regions of the Middle East.It NSW police headquarters will be renamed the Curtis Cheng centre today as the force prepares to mark a year since the police accountant was murdered by a radicalised teenager. A memorial service to mark the anniversary is being held at the police headquarters at Paralympics this morning. Reporter Jessica Kidd is there -- at Parramatta. Jessica, what's happening at the service today?Good morning. The NSW Police Commissioner, Andrew Scipione, will lead this morning's service to mark one year since Mr Cheng was shot and killed outside these headquarters here in Parramatta. Now, as you mentioned, the building has been renamed in his honour. As you can see behind me, the new plaque has been unveiled, it's now going to be known as the Curtis Cheng Centre NSW headquarters. So quite a fitting tribute for taman who dedicated 17 years of his life to working as an accountant for the NSW police force and was targeted and killed simply because of the building that he worked in and what that represented and Mr Cheng's death has struck right at the heart of the police force. It really has, from the commissioner down, affected everyone who works in this building and who works in the force. When someone - when one of their own is targeted, it certainly does affect them and I think this morning's service will be an important event to help the force get some closure. Of course Mr Cheng's family will be here as well so it will be a moment to pause and reflect and the Cheng family has said publicly they couldn't get by without the support of the police force so a very important event here this morning.Just exactly what happened here $a year ago? It's pretty close to the spot where you're standing, isn't it?That's right, Joe. Yes, it was October 2 last year, it was the Friday before the long weekend and Mr Cheng was leaving work ready to go home and spend that weekend with his family when, as he was leaving he was walking down the ramp behind me and he was shot at quite close range by a radicalised teenager in what we now know is an Islamic State-style attack. Now, Mr Cheng was targeted purely because he worked in this building which is a police force building. And moments after that shooting, three special constables returned fire and killed the teenager at the scene. The streets around this building were in lockdown. The surrounding streets were evacuated. Police swarmed across the area to work out exactly what happened and it was only later that night and into the next morning that we found out just exactly what had happened and the seriousness of that and then over the subsequent weeks and months there was a very intense investigation as police investigated who had helped the teenager obtain that gun and there are currently four young men who are facing a range of terrorism charges in relation to this shooting. Jessica Kidd reporting from Sydney. Investigations are under way into the cause of a deadly train crash over night in the US State of New Jersey. At least one person died and more than 100 others were injured when the commuter train slammed into a platform at full speed. North America correspondent Zoe Daniel has more.The crash happened at about 8:45 this morning, obviously a very busy time of day. The train, we understand it, was full of community'ers and so was the station. It was at about quarter to 9 that the train apparently came barrelling in to the station at speed. This is actually a dead end, it's a transit station. People get off here to go into Manhattan to work so rather than stopping at that dead end, the train simply hit the cement and apparently mounted the platform. The damage to the station is extremely extensive. Part of the roof has come down and buckled, there are wires hanging down and one person was killed. She was apparently hit by debris from the station so she was on the platform as opposed to being on the train. 108 people, as we fledz it, were injured. Many people climbed out of the windows of the train in order to escape, obviously not knowing what was going on and in this current volatile global environment, many jumped to the conclusion that there may have been a bomb but there's no suggestion this is anything beyond an accident. People who were on the platform came to the aid of those trying to get out of the train and many of them injured, some severely, others with lacerations and those sorts of things. New Jersey governorer Chris Christie spoke this morning. Let's take a look.We have been tested, as have the people of New York and New Jersey been tested, and chats one of the things you saw in there this morning, that regular commuters left the safety of where they were standing to rush to the train to help first responders evacuate injured people off the train. This region has developed a resilience that is admired by the rest of the world because of the way we've been tested.There are three people, at least, who are in a critical condition in hospital. About 18 people who are in emergency rooms, but also many other people, described as walking wounded, with broken bones, lacerations, cuts and bruises, those sort of things, being treated. The engineer who was in the front car of the train did survive the crash. There were four cars with a locomotive at the back. He is said to be in a critical condition in hospital but he is cooperating with investigatorers who are obviously trying to work out what caused this crash and whether an emergency stopping system that's being implemented on various trains across America would have made a difference and prevented this accident. Zoe Daniel reporting. Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas is planning a rare visit to Jerusalem today to attend the funeral of former Israeli leader Shimon Peres. The 93 yorl died on Wednesday after a stroke --93-year-old. The US President Barack Obama is also expected to attend today's funeral. Russia says it will continue bombing the rebel-held eastern Syrian city of Aleppo, defying US demands to stop. US Secretary of State John Kerry has warned Russia the US is on the verge of suspending talks over Syria after months offish negotiating to try to end the hostilities and a warning, the following report contains some distressing images. In Aleppo, at least 1,000 dead in just a week. In New York, at the UN, once again, paralysis and inaction by diplomats. The distance between the two cities is almost 9,000km but it feels like they are worlds apart.Last week, world leaders came to New York, sat around the very table that we're at and met in Ministerial-level meetings. All with no tangible results. Instead, while the world leaders were meeting, violence actually increased, more civilians and more humanitarians were killed. It is time to place blame. It is time this council stops tolerating the utter disregard for the most basic provisions of international humanitarian law.What makes the situation particularly shocking is that that disregard, in fact war crimes, are being carried out not just by the Syrian Government but by Russia, a permanent member of the Security Council. It's now finally said it might support a 48-hour humanitarian pause but that offer is being treated with deep suspicion. The Russian proposal is designed to sound good but allow them to carry on their deadly bombing campaign. The Syrian ambassador stayed away from this meeting which took place 24 hours after I questioned him about the bombardment of Aleppo. Ambassador, did you bomb the two hospitals in Aleppo? (LAUGHS) A response the US ambassador focused on when she spoke to reporters on the same staircase.You saw yesterday how the Syrian ambassador feels about the death, the slaughter, of the Syrian people in Aleppo. He laughed. Syrian regime negotiator in Geneva laughed. That's the coldness and brutality that we're talking about and Russia stands right alongside those individuals and those bombers. There's clearly a new strategy in the Security Council by the US, UK and France. They want to make sure the Russian delegation here in New York at every possible opportunity is forced to hear about the death, destruction and living hell that is life in eastern Aleppo. The idea is to shame them into stopping the bombardment. One of Europe's most audacious space missions will come to an end today when the Rosetta probe is deliberately crashed into a comet. The probe's been tracking the 4km-wide ball of ice and dust for the past two years. The European space agency says the satellite has come to the end of its useful livbert will finish with some final ultra close measurements of the comet. The Cronulla Sharks will be looking for a fairytale finish to the NRL seize when they take on the Melbourne Storm in the grand final this weekend. Storm will field a side including Dally M winner Cooper Cronk while Cronulla's Michael Ennis will play his last game for the sharks. Michael Carayannis says Cronulla fans will be out in full force.They're hard-core pocket of fans in that southern region. They don't spread too far, the Cronulla supporters. They're entrenched in the southern part of Sydney. That's where all their fans are. The Grand Final's sold out so it's going to be exciting. There's going to be lot of bus loads coming from the shire and it's going to be a really great Cronulla presence come Sunday in the stadium. It's going to be a big battle up front. Both sides have really good forward packs and their halves play off that. They play a similar style of football, both sides. It is going to be interesting because they mirror each other in the brand of footy they play and they've got some a exciting and big outside backs and big wingers who can score tries and the key is going to be getting their good outside backs some clean ball but it's going to come down to the halves in Chad Townsend, he is the only Cronulla local junior in the squad. He was hooked from the field a couple of weeks ago and he bounced back well last week but comes up against one of the best players we've seen in recent years in Cooper Cronk who's a little master, the guy that can guide Melbourne around the field and he'll probably do that come Sunday. Null full have a lot of guys that have --Cronulla have lot of guys that have played in Grand Finals and have won premierships. The grand final experience in terms of how many times they've played a grand final is pretty similar in terms of the number of players that have played in each side but the thing that always hangs over Cronulla's head is the fact they've never won one and will that be a burden too hard for them to overcome come Sunday. I'm going to say yes but not with much confidence. It is going to be a great game and Cronulla are in this with a real chance.Time for a check of the weather and Good Friday morning to Kirsten Venness. Kirsten, g'day, we have been talking a lot about SA over the last couple of days but they've had a lot of rain in Tassie this morning too?Yes, this is the rain radar for Hobart. There's the centre of the city, just starting to move away from the city now. 35mm has fallen overnight and this morning. The rain came in from the north of the State yesterday we saw heavy falls with that. 40mm at Devonport, 63 at Sheffield and 47 at Low Head, this has brought moderate flooding and there's a glad watch for all Tasmanian basins. --Flood watch.And flooding continues in SA as well?Yes, several flood warnings issues. These are the major ones:

This cloud spiralling over the south-east of the country, along with a deep low pressure system, is bringing showers, strong winds and some isolated storms to SA, also Victoria, NSW and Tasmania but not as much rain expected today. The rain is just touching the south-east corner of SA then moving to the east of the country with some heavier falls also around Canberra.What about the around the States and territories today?Let's take a look at Queensland:

The top stories today, there are several flood warnings around SA as the State attempts to deal with large volumes of water from this week's wild weather. The major concern is the north Parra river in the Barossa Valley, up to 70mm in the Gawler river catchment has fallen. A woman has been killed and more than 100 people injured in a commuter train crash at a station in New Jersey in the US. Witnesses say the morning rush hour train failed to slow down and smashed into a concrete barrier at the end of the track before ploughing into the station, causing part of the roof to collapse. The Foreign Minister Julie Bishop has strongly criticised her former colleague Wyatt Roy's decision to meet forces fighting Islamic State in Iraq. During the trip he was caught up in a fire fight between Kurdish Peshmerga forces and Islamic State. And the underdogs have been preparing for the AFL and NRL Grand Finals with thousandsing out to give their teams a perfect send-off. The Bulldogs and Sharks are looking to finally secure some silverware after waiting more than 50 years and Cronulla's never won the NRL grand final. Let's get more now on the flooding situation in SA. SES deputy chief officer Dermot Barry joins us now from Adelaide. Good morning. The key concern today is Gawler at the junction of the north and south Parra rivers, who are you expecting that peak to pass through Gawler? We're expecting that to peak in approximately the next six hours. We're monitoring it very closely and remain significantly We're monitoring it very closely and
remain significantly concerned about that area. We're urging people to please stay away from floodwaters, certainly don't drive through floodwaters and to monitor the radio station those thaw get the emergency broadcasts as we release them.Are you expecting there could be water through homes in Gawler later today? I don't want to be alarmist but there is potential for that to happen certainly and there is potential for that to
happen certainly and we're morntering it. We work closely with hydrology people who are able to give us an indication about the give us an indication about the
levels and where the water is going to go. We have done pre-emptive sandbagging and continue to work with those communities to provide them the best help we can to ensure that they're safe.And so are there some people who have already been evacuated or advised to leave their homes in low-lying areas of Gawler? There is through - in fact through the whole Barossa Valley area and we've evacuated some caravan parks and other bits and pieces overnight. We're also concerned about the lower Onkaparinga to the south of the city and we've got our hydrologists and crews monitoring down there. We've done and sandbag operations and we are prepared if we need to to ask people to leave or to evacuate should the need arise.So back on the north Parra river for a moment, do you know the extent of the damage from the flooding in that river at this stage? Do you know how many homes have been affected by that? It's difficult to determine at the moment and as the water is still continuing to rise it's a little too early to say. What we are doing this morning, given the easing conditions, is we've got some crews up in the fixed-wing aircraft who are looking at the extent and we also have damage assessment crews who'll goout today now and get a much better picture as to the extent the communities have been impacted. As I nentioned before, the north and south Par ra, rivers meet at Gawler. How concerned are you about the impacts further downstream on the Gawler river?Again, we're monitoring it. The Gawler river and the people around it are fairly resilient. They have been exposed to flooding unfortunately a number of times over the years but this will be a high-level flood and we are certainly concerned enough that we have our crews out well supported by Country Fire Service volunteers and other emergency services and we will continue to work with those communities to ensure their safety. And so are there many people who have been evacuated from their homes along that Gawler river passage as well?Not evacuated as such. We haven't asked people to evacuate but many people have voluntarily taken our advice and moved to safer locations. If we needed to, we would look at asking people to move but at this stage we're just asking people to follow the advice messages as we put them out and stay safe and listen to our messages as they arrive.So there's that major flood warning for the North Parra and moderate for the Torrens and Onkaparinga. You've mentioned the Onkaparinga river, what's the situation with the torsnnsThe Torrens, we're not as nervous as we were probably 4 or 5 hours ago. We're continuing to monitor that. Our real concerns at the moment are really the Gawler and then also the old Noarlunga area which is where the lower Onkaparinga flows into.OK and there have been rescues overnight, like several rescues. Just talk us through a couple of those.OK. We're aware of some people unfortunately who haven't taken the messaging and have tried to drive through floodwaters and as we warned people, it's just a bad, bad dangerous practice and invariably they've got stuck and we've had to commit our swiftwater rescue crews and in other cases just our normal crews to try and recover those people. Despite all our messaging, despite urging people not to enter or drive into swiftwater, people continue to do so and we continue to have to risk the lives of our people to save those people. We were speaking to our reporter Nicola Gag near Nurioopta earlier on and she showed us one spot where someone was driving their car through floodwaters and got caught and had to be helped out. How many examples were there of that overnight?I know of six and then since we've been across here I've heard of two more so we may have eight or who knows, maybe more. People are getting up this morning, the weather looks alright, and they're thinking, "I've got to head to work," or whenever else and rather than listen to authorities or obey the signs, people are driving through areas and ending up in rescue situations.If people want the latest local information they can go listen to ABC radio and go to the bureau website. What about the SES website in SA, what's that? That's where they can get all the relevant information also.Dermot Barry, thanks for talking to us and thanks once again to your signer who's done a sensational job over the last couple of days, Amber. Thank you to Amber too. Ross Legana has been in the Barossa for 40 years and is the local supermarket owner at Lyndoch. He says the river level has dropped today but there's been some damage to businesses. He ejoins us now on the phone. Good morning. Is it the Lyndoch creek that runs through Lyndoch?Yes.What's happened with that overnight? Lyndoch?Yes.What's happened with
that overnight?About half past 12 the rain started to die off a bit and the wind died off and the creek had peaked by then and like this morning she's come down by a couple of metres but there's damage to the Lord Lyndoch, the restaurant across the road, and the post office, few houses of lower lying areas but MFS was fantastic last night, MFS and CFS. They door-knocked, evacuated people and sandbagged. They did a lot of work, a lot of fantastic work around the area.Was there water through homes above floorboards in the Lyndoch area?I'd say in the pOe office and the house at the bottom, they got water in the house and I think some of the houses further down, some reports of people coming in the shop said they had water in the house but the CFS, they were really on to it last night and helped a lot of people and they stopped a lot of water co ming into a lot of houses by sandbagging a lot of places and by doing the door knocking, walking along and trying to help people, they did a fantastic job.We're seeing shots of sandbags outside.They're three or four sandbags high. They worked feverishly last night trying to keep the water out. The cellar got flooded out and they're closed. The bikery down the road got a bit of water damage --bakery. It's not too bad.It looks like it was running at a reasonable pace through town. It wasn't as if it was just a backwater, it looks like it was part of the actual creek.It was running quite high along the road about a metre. You couldn't really stand up sometimes in some parts it was that fast.We've heard from the SES this morning there were some cases - about eight cases of people who got caught in their cars in different spots and I think there were a few around Lyndoch as well?Yes, one was my son.Ing Right, OK.He was trying to come home last night and took the wrong turn in the dark and got caught.But he got out - was he rescued?Yes, he was rescued by the MFS and they did a fantastic job. Was it kind of - did he get caught in the floodwaters, the car stalled and the water was rushing quickly and he couldn't get out?He said last night when I picked him up from the hospital that he couldn't really - the lights weren't that good on the car and he couldn't really see the floodwaters, he just drove in and stopped and got stuck on the bridge.In that situation, did he describe that it was kind of hard to open the door to get out or he didn't bother getting out?He got out. He was on the top of the roof of the car. But the most important thing is he got out safely and no-one got injured. It's a bit sad that he put some of the MFS people to a bit of grief but if you don't make the right decisions sometimes, these things happen. It's just the decision-making at the time and sometimes when it's rain, pelting down and windy, you don't make the right decisions.And it is hard to see in those conditions. We've seen shots of the Lyndoch vineyard and water through.She's flooded through.What's the expected impact of this on the wineries in the region?Well, I think they'll be looking for a good year because there's a lot of water. It's been dry here for a good 8 to 10 years. We haven't had this sort of rain and water always - it might make some short-term losses for a lot of people but in the long-term it's a gain because water's one of the most precious things in the world really. So from what you understand - and you run the supermarket there but no doubt you've chatted to local people who run the vineyards - so they say the grapevines survive the floods generally OK?Yes, it will be good for them to be honest. It flush as lot of the salt out of the ground because of all the watering from the underground bores and stuff. It should be very good.Bit of a silver lining there from all this. So hopefully once all this calms down you would be keen to see the tourists back in town as well?Yes, the long weekend there might be a few tourists booked in and they'll come in. They're saying the weather's going to get better. It's raining here at the moment so I don't think their expecting that much. I haven't seen the forecast this morning. I got up early and left.They're kind of optimistic that not too much more is going to fall.We don't need too much. Half an inch of rain will make it saturated.Thank you and let's hope the floodwaters continue to ease there in Lyndoch and you can get some business back. Moving on, the European parliament has warned Britain it won't receive any kind of special treatment on leaving the EU as a Brexit prenegotiation period gets under way. It comes as UK's international trade secretary moves to reassure businesses the country's trade with the EU would remain at least as free Tasmania is now. Taking back control. Dr LiamFox today at a flight simulation business trying to plot a smooth landing for Britain where free trade is the corner stone of our relationship with the European Union and the rest of the world.I believe the UK is in a prime position to become a world leader in free trade because of the brave and historic decision of the British people to leave the European Union. Those who believe that the referendum was a sign of Britain looking inwards have it completely 100% wrong.Yesterday, car manufacturers in Britain warned that if there were tariffs between Britain and the European Union once we had left, that would - could mean job losses. Do you agree with that? Who does it harm more if we end up in a new tariff environment? It's in everybody's interests that as we move forward we have at least as free a trading environment as we have today. Anything else may not harm the politicians and the institutions but it will harm the people of Europe.At the Paris motor show, concern. If Britain leaves the single market, that could mean tariffs and for the Nissan boss, and that company runs a huge factory in Sunderland, tariffs mean only one thing.It would mean obviously that Sunderland would lose competitiveness when it comes to choosing a place where we will be sourcing the products for Europe because all of a sudden you're taking 10% higher cost for tax reasons.From big business to small business.These conveyers here are going to Sweden.This one near Manchester makes conveyer beltess. The message is the same.Tariff-free trade is extremely important to us. We do not want to be put at a disadvantage by incurring additional costs.Britain's trade exports are one of the fundamental drivers of economic growth. We export 222 billion pounds worth of goods to the EU, a trade few want to put at risk. That is more than twice the £100 billion worth of exports that go to America and nearly 10 times the £26 billion worth of exports that go China, the UK's trade with the EU matters. Dr Fox came to Manchester to snd a message: Britain wants free trade deals but the negotiations with the EU post-Brexit won't officially start for years. Yes, the tone at the moment is tough, but this journey has an awful long way to go. A light show depicting a laughing Adolf Hitler has sparked controversy in the German capital, Berlin. The faces of more than a dozen people tied to Berlin's history have been projected on to buildings across the city. Dus plays of Nazi imagery are usually forbidden but police say the Hitler representation is covered by exceptions granted for artistic works. During tests of the installation, police received a call from a shocked driver. Colombia has signed a peace deal with far left rebels FARC in an attempt to end one of Latin America's longest-running conflicts. After 52 years of war, the Government wants the country to move on. In a national plebiscite on Sunday, the country's 34 million voters will be asked whether they approve of the historic agreement. The end of the world's longest modern war is in sight. In a country with a long bloody history of failed peace accords, there is no underestimating the potential benefits. Economists say peace will be the oxygen for investment and growth and a magnet for tourism. But it is not a done deal.TRANSLATION: This peace accord is not just with 8,000 guerillas. That would be relatively easy. The problem is taking more than a million people who live from growing coca, from drug trafficking and other illegal activities, and bringing them into legat, allowing them to vote, have a title to land, credit so they can produce something legaltism is like the wild west in much of Colombia. In the north-east, people are keen ely aware the end of Colombia's oldest armed conflict does not mean the guns will be silenced. There's another insurgency group, the ELN or national liberation army. People on both sides of this river which separates Colombia and Venezuela, tell us many rebels have their camps over there on the Venezuelan side with the Colombian army cannot go after them. While smaller than the FARC, the ELN has been stepping up attacks. This charred truck was stolen and used to lunch 21 home-made rockets at a nearby military base. One of the many reasons why Gloria expresses deep-rooted skepticism.TRANSLATION: Peace? I don't think I'll see peace in my life. Not until I die and go to heaven to rest. That's when I'll see what peace is.The cost of half a century of war is incalculable but establishing long-lasting peace will be costly.TRANSLATION: Just the reparations for the 7 million victims will be very high. The calculation is between 10 and 15 billion dollars. This will not be a short process.There are many obstacles, from the need to address the social injustice that feeds the conflict to the fear of revenge killings against the de mobilised rebels who many regard as narco terrorists but in the short-term the biggest challenge is convincing the majority of Colombians to approve the peace accord in a referendum, without which there is no deal and no chance to take a giant step towards peace. The Australian orienteering championships are in full swing with compet trsz tackling tough terrain in south-east Queensland. Second students are among those battling the bushland course, navigating nach art a rapid rate. Sweat bands and stretching at the start line. Nerves are high, preparation and hydration are key. Warm up like I normally would, like the night before I'll maybe look at the map of the course.Orienteering is a serious sport. There's no GPS technology, just a map and a compass to help traverse an 8km course through rocky scrub. The young competitors have to navigate their way to a series of control points as fast as possible. It's a gruelling challenge.It's a common misconception actually. Because often at schools they teach orienteering and you walk around in the bush but it's actually quite physical.Students have come from all States and territories to compete.I like the people I get to hang out with. I have always liked running. This is different and allows me to see different places and travel.It's even drawn students from across the Tasman.It is a lot warmer here than in New Zealand, co ming from 11 degrees at the top temperature per day to 28, it's insane.Melbourne teen Patrick Jaffy took out the senior boys' individual race. This is his sixth school championship event.Today there were huge hills, really tough for us to run through but at the same time you've always got to concentrate on your navigation. If you have a tiny slip up of a couple of seconds, your race could be over.Organisers say orienteering promotes health and fitness.They have to be independent and solve problems and make decisions themselves.The event wraps up on Sunday. Gee, they go at a good pace! Steve Pearce joins us now with a look at sport. Good morning and now we're ahead of the this huge weekend in sport with Grand Finals in the NRL and AFL. The NRL, Sydney probably go in slight favourites but there's plenty of spirit for the Doggies?That's very well beautifully summed up, Joe. Absolutely. I think you're right, there's lot of good will towards the Western Bulldogs, the Footscray football club as they used to be known. You can see at the Whitten Oval where they used to play their matches, still their training base where 8 to 10,000 fans, including our very own Michael Rowland, were yesterday. Trying to urge their boys on to what would be an amazing drought-breaking success. 1961 was the last time that they made a grand final. It's been 62 years since they won one but you're right, the Swans, as you can see there, Aliir Aliir is out, but Jarred McVeigh is a big in for them. They're taking a slight pun on him or he's a very, very experienced player. Callum Mills there pulling up with his hammy but he's going to play as well. I think most people are saying that on paper, over the season if you Luke, that the Swans are the favourites but it is not one of those games that's hugely lop sided and I don't think anyone would find it a massive surprise if the Western Bulldogs went on to win and that would be an extraordinary tale.In the rugby league it is a similar kind of story with Cronulla having never won a title let alone not having won one for 50 years but never won a title and up against a team that has been pretty slick over the past decade or so?Yeah, absolutely. I think slick a good summation. Melbourne Storm, they don't make the grand final every year obviously, but it seems like they're always there or thereabouts whereas for Cronulla - you can see the two skippers there, Paul Gallen and Cameron Smith awkwardly shaking hands - they've got an onfield rivalry to saver in this match, this is Sunday late afternoon-evening in Sydney. Most people are leaning towards Melbourne Storm, just such a powerful outfit but Cronulla have shown - going back to the 15-game winning streak we spoke so much about during the year, Joe, if they can refind some of that form, again, it wouldn't be a massive upset if Cronulla is able to do it. A 50-year history and a long time - 19 78 was the last ARH NRL grand final that they made. I suppose looking across both games, you kind of want to see the fairytale. If you're neutral on both sides. But there's still lot of love for the Sydney Swans, the former south Melbourne Swans, very, very popular club and Melbourne Storm, yeah, I don't know if they're popular outside of Melbourne but they're respected.Let's hope the AFL game is as good as the game last weekend between the Giants and Dogs. That was worthy of a grand final, a brilliant game.It was.You've got golf news?The Ryder Cup starts tonight. This is the traditional biennial, so every two years, contest between Europe and the United States and it's a contest that Australia can never take part in but it really is an absolutely grand stage outside of the majors in golf. A team event, 12 men on each side. They play foursomes which is alternate shots, they play four balls where you take the better ball and it will be Justin Rose and Henrick Stenson who lead out against Spieth and Reed.There was a furore about Danny Willet's brother.As a Brit are you embarrassed by that? No, because I don't know him. He sledged the yarnings?He did. He said, "Can we smash the obnoxious dads with their shiny teeth, Lego man hair, medicated ex-wives and resentful children?"I think we'll leave that.Wham, whack, whack.Time for a check of the weather. Here's Kirsten Venness. Actually, it doesn't look like we've got Kirsten at the moment so we'll go to some pandas instead. Why not bring on some pandas sncht not one, not two, we've got 23 panda cubs for you. They've made their public debut in the south-west of China. The giant pandas aged 1 to 4 months were born at a research centre. Among the pand as there are 10 sets of twins. The research base has bread 176 giant pandas since it was established 30 years ago. Doesn't look like we've got Kirsten just at the moment. She's gone AWOL, but we'll catch up with her a little later. Actually, she's just popped up now. Kirsten, where have you been?Look, I have been sticking my head outside checking the weather.Very determined weather presenterer there.In SA, there are several warnings for that State. These are the major ones. Moderate to major flooding for the north Parra and Gawler river catchment.

Weather conditions are easing in SA but this cloud spiralling over the south-east of the country along with a deep low pressure system is bringing showers, strong winds and isolated storms to SA, Victoria, NSW and Tasmania. Some heavy falls in Tasmania overnight. 63mm at Sheffield. Let's take a look at the rainfall as well. The rain will ease to showers in Tasmania with just a little in the south-east there and some relief for SA as it moves east. Lets take a look around the country now.

Cheers, Kirsten, and make sure (LAUGHS)
you're on time next hour! OK, stick with us. We're going for a short break now and we'll be back soon. Good news just came through, we mentioned a girl missing near the Waterfall train station yesterday, some other girls were missing and they have been found and news has come through a 16-year-old Sydney girl has been found as well.

Today, people rescued and rivers rising north of Adelaide. Concerns of major flooding in Gawler today. Certainly this has been a significant event and a number of communities have been impacted.A packed commuter train has crashed into a station in New Jersey during the morning rush hour. Former Federal Minister Wyatt Roy cops a barrage of criticism after getting caught up in a deadly fire fight in Iraq. And it's that time of year, thousands of fans are turning out to support their teams ahead of the NRL and AFL Grand Finals. Hello and welcome to Mornings, I'm Joe O'Brien. Taking a quick look at the weather first in the capital cities:

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