Incredible picture shows a ‘river of spiders’ emerging from the flood waters as thousands of arachnids try to escape the deluge
- Spiders captured fleeing Kinchela Creek on New South Wales coast on Monday
- Arachnids surfaced from ground to escape floodwaters brought by heavy rain
- Photo was uploaded to Facebook showing nothing but brown, moving spiders
- Spiders have been filmed invading homes as storm batters New South Wales
Thousands of spiders have been captured fleeing their nesting ground as heavy rain causes creeks to overflow and towns to flood across New South Wales.
A local resident photographed the massive swarm crawling along Kinchela Creek, on the New South Wales mid-north coast, on Monday.
The arachnids are seen huddling together, changing the colour of the landscape to a crawling brown.
The photo was uploaded to Facebook with the caption: ‘All the brown you can see is spiders trying to beat the flood water.’
Thousands of spiders have been captured fleeing their nesting ground as heavy rain causes creeks to overflow and towns to flood across New South Wales
Social media users were quick to take to the post and share their disgust at the spine-tingling sight
Social media users were quick to take to the post and share their disgust at the spine-tingling sight.
‘My worst nightmare,’ one person commented.
Another person wrote a tongue-in-cheek comment: ‘They are harmless.’
Spiders have been filmed emerging from the ground and crawling over fences, garages and homes as they try to escape floodwaters across New South Wales.
Melanie Williams filmed thousands of arachnids climbing onto her fence and garage at her Macksville home, on the mid-north coast, on Saturday.
‘As the water was rising, the letterbox was going under further and further and I could see all these little black things on there and I thought ‘oh my God, they’re spiders,’ she said.
Another terrified resident uploaded footage to TikTok showing the spiders latching onto a park fence, turning the green coloured railing into a moving layer of black.
New South Wales was hit by a one-in-a-one-hundred year storm over the weekend, which forced mass evacuations from northern New South Wales and Greater Sydney suburbs.
The rain was to continue through Monday and Tuesday, adding to the likelihood that spiders would be on the move.
Sydney University’s Professor Dieter Hochuli explained spiders would be searching for higher ground to escape the floodwaters.
Melanie Williams watched on in horror as thousands of arachnids climbed onto her fence as waters continued to rise at her Macksville home, in northern NSW, on Saturday
Another terrified resident captured the spiders latching onto a park fence, turning the green coloured railing into a moving layer of black
‘What happens with the floods is all these animals that spend their lives cryptically on the ground can’t live there anymore,’ he said.
There are 40 flood warnings and 20 evacuation orders in place running from the mid-north coast down to the Illawarra, including western Sydney, with more expected to be declared on Monday.
The SES is warning the deluge will continue and more evacuations are likely. There are three key areas of concern on Monday – the mid-north coast, the Hawkesbury valley and western NSW.
Communities along the Hawkesbury River are bracing for once-in-a-generation flooding that could displace thousands of residents and disrupt utilities for months.
Residents laugh as they ride their bikes through a flooded park on the banks of the Nepean river in Penrith on Sunday
A woman wears a wet weather jacket as she braces the wild conditions in Penrith, western Sydney, for a Monday morning run