Sydney flood levels could exceed recent records as NSW premier warns crisis ‘far from over’

이상 150 flood evacuation orders and warnings affecting 50,000 people were in place across 뉴 사우스 웨일즈 화요일에, with the wild weather lashing Sydney forecast to head farther north.

Emergency services crews made 141 flood rescues overnight and a further 22 on Tuesday morning.

이상 19,000 homes remain without power and heavy rain and strong winds continue across the state. There are currently 102 evacuation orders, 그리고 더 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, authorities said.

Scores of evacuation orders have been issued, mostly north-west of 시드니, 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.

프리미어, 도미닉 페로텟, warned the current crisis was “far from over”.

“Don’t be complacent. Be careful when you’re driving on our roads,”그는 말했다. “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.”

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