More floods evacuation orders issued as Sydney exceeds annual rainfall in just over three months

Residents in parts of Sydney’s south have been ordered to evacuate their homes on Thursday with severe storms across the eastern part of 新南威尔士 prompted flood warnings.

State Emergency Services in NSW ordered residents in low-lying parts of Woronora and Bonnet Bay, in Sydney’s south, to evacuate the area by 11:30am on Thursday, in anticipation of worsening rain and flash flooding.

Residents in Chipping Norton, 在利物浦附近, were also ordered to evacuate some parts of the suburb by 3pm.

分别地, residents in Picton, on the outskirts of Sydney’s south-west, were warned to prepare for an evacuation order to be issued, as a result of rising waters in the nearby Stonequarry Creek. Camden residents were also warned to prepare to evacuate some parts of the suburb.

Sydney has now surpassed its average annual rainfall in just over three months of 2022. The city’s Observatory Hill weather station had recorded 1226.8mm for the year by Thursday morning, compared with the average annual rainfall figure of 1213.4mm.

The SES warned Sydney residents to stay off the roads, with fallen trees and minor flooding obstructing roads in areas of the northern beaches. A man who was swept away by flood water in the suburb of Epping was rescued by the SES on Thursday morning.

By 1pm on Thursday, the SES had conducted 25 flood rescues and responded to more than 680 requests for assistance in the past 24 小时.

The Bureau of Meteorology issued a severe weather warning just before 5am, predicting rainfall of between 60mm and 100mm would fall over a wide stretch of the already sodden state, including Sydney, the Illawarra, the south coast, the central and southern tablelands, and parts of the Hunter.

On the coast, rainfall could reach up to 140mm, the BoM said.

A flash-flooding warning was issued for coastal parts of the south coast, Illawarra, metropolitan Sydney and the southern Hunter region, extending into the southern and central tablelands in the afternoon.

Flood warnings were also issued for Bega, Batemans Bay, Nowra, Goulburn, Wollongong, 悉尼, Katoomba and Gosford.

Parts of southern Sydney recorded heavy rainfall overnight. The Cronulla South bowls club recorded 107mm in the three hours to 1.10am, Little Bay recorded 107mm in the six hours to 2.30am, Lucas Heights 57mm in two hours to 2.40pm, and Darkes Forrest 67mm in the two hours to 4.50pm.

Images on social media showed motorists in Dee Why, on the northern beaches, driving through roads covered with water on Thursday morning.

The state has been hit by repeated flooding in recent months, with the northern rivers area devastated by two deluges within weeks and Sydney drenched in its wettest March on record.

‘去他妈的自己’ 12 flood warnings in place across the state on Thursday, mostly in catchments that are already saturated from more than a month of heavy rainfall.

Lismore and surrounding towns have endured two one-in-100 year floods in a month. The severe floods have also killed hundreds of thousands of fish in the Richmond River.

一种 final flood warning was issued for the Clarence River at Grafton in the northern rivers region, which peaked on Tuesday and was falling on Thursday morning.

There was also a warning of possible major flooding at the Upper Nepean River at Menangle, which could reach the major flood level of 12.2m on Thursday afternoon, and minor to moderate flooding throughout the Hawkesbury and Nepean catchments.

The Georges River at Liverpool and Milperra was also predicted to reach major flooding levels early on Thursday afternoon. The river was tipped to exceed the moderate flood level of 3m about 11am, and major flood levels of 4.5m in the afternoon.

The SES warned people in areas with flood warnings in place to prepare to leave when advised to do so.

“Ensure you take pets and valuables with you,” the SES said.

The bad weather has been driven by a strong upper trough over the centre of NSW, working to deepen another trough sitting off the coast.

The systems were expected to weaken on Friday morning.