Meer as 150 vloed-ontruimingsbevele en waarskuwings wat raak 50,000 people were in place across Nieu-Suid-Wallis on Tuesday, met die wilde weer wat Sydney voorspel om verder noord te gaan.
Emergency services crews made 141 flood rescues overnight and a further 22 on Tuesday morning.
Meer as 19,000 homes remain without power and heavy rain and strong winds continue across the state. There are currently 102 evacuation orders, en 'n verdere 55 evacuation warnings.
The SES has answered more than 5,300 calls for help since the beginning of this emergency, including several rescues of drivers stuck in cars and residents needing to be evacuated.
The SES reported one hoax call of a person needing to be rescued from a roof, which was a dangerous diversion of critical resources, owerhede gesê.
Scores of evacuation orders have been issued, mostly north-west of Sydney, where major flooding has occurred along the Hawkesbury and Nepean rivers at Menangle, North Richmond, Lower Portland and Windsor.
Following massive rainfall totals across multiple catchments over the past three days, some areas are expected to approach or exceed the flood levels of March 2021 and March and April of this year.
Die premier, Dominic Perrottet, warned the current crisis was “far from over”.
“Don’t be complacent. Be careful when you’re driving on our roads," hy het gesê. “There are still substantial risks for flash flooding across our state and once again, as we always say, please don’t drive through flood waters.”
A spokesperson for the State Emergency Service, Ashley Sullivan, said the situation remained volatile. He said the SES had received 475 calls for help overnight Monday.
The SES performed more than 100 flood rescues – mostly people stranded in cars after driving into flood waters, or those who became trapped as rivers and creeks rose quickly.
“Certainly with the persistent rain we are receiving, the threat will remain into today and tomorrow,” Sullivan said.
“Even when it does stop raining, the flood threats will continue.”
Authorities are acutely concerned about the Hunter valley over the next 48 hours as the Hunter river system swells. The emergency management minister, Steph Cooke, said there were about 400 people in evacuation centres in the high-risk areas and 150 in emergency accommodation.
She said people across Sydney should stay at home “unless you really need to leave the house” as damaging winds were expected.
“We’re not out of the woods yet.”
Jane Golding, from the Bureau of Meteorology, said rain would be persistent over the Hunter region Tuesday before moving north.
“The floods, even if the rain has eased, will wet those areas where the rain has eased and we’re seeing showers at the moment … it will take a bit of time for the water to make its way out to sea.
“So, major flood warnings are likely to continue for the next couple of days.”