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A family is stranded with their two-month-old baby at Lismore Showgrounds and has made a desperate plea to be rescued.

“I’m in a van, my work van. I have my son and girlfriend with the baby,” resident Michael told 9News.

“We were evacuated from the house this morning. They rung SES and they took a while, probably around two to three hours before they even got us.

“No one even got us then. We tried calling again. I knew they were busy. A mate down the road has seen our distress call and came and got us, brought us over to the Showground.

“We have been here since 8am this morning. Haven’t had anything to eat. We’re both hungry, the baby is hungry. All we’re pleading is to try and get the baby out.”

Michael said the water was “up to (their) armpits” in their home.

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