Thousands were forced to leave their homes overnight as waters rose
The dangerous weather situation is predicted to continue into the week, with two weather systems braced to collide as the severe weather continues to impact the state
The worst of the wild weather that lashed much of NSW in recent days and caused $2 billion in damage is far from over. It will cause more chaos as Sydney’s west braces for another downpour that threatens to push catastrophic flooding to historic levels.
The SES reported crews attending 9700 calls for help across NSW, including 870 flood rescues. Homes are swept away, and thousands ordered to move amid relentless rain that has lashed the NSW coast for days.
Worst flooding conditions since 1929
“I’ve been a flood forecaster in the bureau for 20 years, and this is probably the worst flooding that I’ve experienced, and I’ve had to forecast,” flood manager Justin Robinson said.
Upstate communities are already facing the worst flooding conditions since 1929, and those along the Hawkesbury River are confronting the worst flooding since 1961. The river will remain flooded for much of the week.
The Australian Defence Force is on emergency standby
Every mainland state and territory except Western Australia is subject to flood and weather warnings, with the Australian Defence Force put on emergency standby. Several towns across the state have been isolated for days, some without freshwater or power.
Queensland SES Director Brian Cox said Brisbane and the Gold Coast had been the worst hit.
Mount Tamborine recorded more than 250mm. Footage on social media showed the impact of the rain; a tiny creek transformed into a torrent of water.
Cars were seen floating away
Several people had to be rescued from floodwaters, including one man, caught on camera shouting for help as he floated away in a black Mercedes-Benz in Oxenford on the Gold Coast.
Cars were submerged, and some were seen floating away in Mudgereeba as roads turned to brown rivers after almost 300mm of rain fell across the Gold Coast over the weekend.
We have no illusions about how difficult the next few weeks and months will be
“We’re not through the worst of it potentially, and that’s why we need to brace ourselves” – Premier Gladys Berejiklian.
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