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Toddler dies in flooded stormwater drain
November 26, 2011
Flooding north of Moree today. Photo: Mike Montgomery, smh.com.au reader
A toddler has apparently drowned in a stormwater drain today, police say.
The three-year-old boy went missing near the drain outside his home on Gwydir Street in Bingara, near Inverell, about 12.30pm today.
Emergency services were contacted and the boy was found in the drain shortly after 1pm.
Advertisement: Story continues below Paramedics tried to revive the boy but he was pronounced dead shortly after being taken to Bingara Hospital.
The area was part of the region affected by the floods hitting northern NSW, a police spokesman said.
The stormwater drain was swollen, he said.
An SES spokeswoman said the death was a tragedy and a timely reminder to steer clear of floodwaters as they are dangerous.
She urged the community to take care around floodwaters.
Police from Barwon Local Area Command established a crime scene and are preparing a report for the coroner.
As much of the region remains affected by flooding, police are warning about the dangers posed by floodwaters.
People in the areas affected are urged not drive, ride or walk through floodwater and to listen to their local radio station for updates and advice.
For information on preparing your home or business for flooding refer to the FloodSafe section of the NSW SES website or phone 1800 201 000 to be sent information.