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THE BOURKE FLOOD.

A TERRIBLE STRUGGLE ■ . THE BANK BURSIT. * * at Stake. , '. ' ' ,- - '■; i?l\~ f "PER PRESS ASSOCIATION^ 18. The latest news from Burke is that the water is on a level with the'top of the embankment, and the; inhabitants are fighting it inch by inch. . "/' V For seven miles the railway line is now impassable. Steamers 1^ are' waiting to carry off the defenders when thq water buz^ts through the embankments. The town of Bourk'e is still above water. The value of property at stake, is estimated at one million sterling. Information was received to-oighfc that Bourke is flooded, and all the people are doing their best, to save themselves. Boats are, being pulled through the streets rescuing people from their homes^ The night is very black and. d^rk. No details are yet to hand, ... ■ j • is in a ternbl6v^condition, and an epidemic of fever is feared owing to the stench arising from the dead animals. (Received April 1.9, i p.m.)"* ; , , Sydney, April 19.

A great burst in the embankments at Bourke took place at 4.30 yesterday af fcernobn, jaear the Hospital build- ! ing, but it was not till II "o'clock that the works finally gave. way. After it | was .found the bank could not be repaired, there was a scene iof the wildest excitement—men on. j horseback galloping - to < an<T firo^ informing their friends. , Men, women, and children could be seen iroshing about, the. streets ,in the Tpjj^est confusion. This, howe.vGr, only" lasted a short tinVe. Everybody set to work to save property, and do what they could to get t]be women. and children and. bedding away .by steamer to North Bourke. Brave fellows, despite the fact that they were liable to'be swept away, made* a. gallant t epjrt x to block the water, and as a last men actually . shoulder to shoulder with their backs to water^right along the gap, whiWothers* 1 shovelled up the earth as quickly as they could. Thia was not of .-any use, t and large tarpaulins were then stretched i'across the. break, and .sajo,d .bags piled agamafc them; but ,-the ;force. c o£ the /.water carried theci away lika so mucliiikper.

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THE BOURKE FLOOD., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2405, 19 April 1890

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THE BOURKE FLOOD. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2405, 19 April 1890

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