A family has been reunited after their home was swept away by floodwaters in western NSW.
Key points:A woman was swept up in the floodwaters, and her two children were taken to hospitalThe family returned to their home on Sunday, but were evacuated after the flooding was overA rescue helicopter was sent to pick up the familyA woman in her 60s was swept across floodwaters at the edge of the Coffs Harbour town of Coles in western Western Australia on Sunday afternoon.
The rescue helicopter sent to retrieve the family was on its way.
It took about 45 minutes to reach the family’s Coffs harbour home, after the town was inundated with rain and heavy winds.
A woman who was swept along with the family told ABC News the rescue helicopter had gone to pick them up, but was not there when the family returned home.
The helicopter arrived just after 1:00pm (local time), and they were immediately transported to the Coffst Harbour community hospital.
The children were not harmed and have been reunited with their mother, a resident of the town, who has returned to her family.
The Coffs community is the site of many natural disasters and it was not immediately clear if the helicopter would be used again.ABC/wiresTopics:floods,health,disasters-and-accidents,womens-health,sweden,australiaContact Rebecca RitchieMore stories from Western Australia