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Wednesday June 13, 03:47 PM
SES brings beer to Hinton footy fans

The State Emergency Service has heeded an SOS to supply beer to residents of the flood-isolated NSW Hunter Valley township of Hinton so they can enjoy the footy broadcast.

Hinton, near Maitland, has been cut off by flood waters since Sunday, after days of wild storms left a trail of destruction across the Hunter region, the Central Coast and parts of Sydney.

The SES has been using two flat-bottomed flood boats to ferry essential supplies like bread, milk, toilet rolls, newspapers and medication to about 400 residents who remain in the town.

The Victoria Hotel's owner Matt Turner, who answers the phone at the pub with a cheeky "Hinton outrigger resort", said the town had been close to running dry before the SES dropped off a dozen kegs and three dozen cartons of the amber fluid.

He said the pub had become the main meeting point for stranded residents who had been packing in almost around the clock.

"It's a very close community and everyone has been having a great time at the pub just catching up," he told AAP.

"It's a pretty big day, but we've had a heap of people helping us out, jumping behind the bar pulling beers and restocking fridges.


*sits back waiting for a sarcastic comment from the Cane Toads*
 

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