32,000 Sydney Residents Told To ‘Get Out Now’ As Catastrophic Flooding Hits

Flooding New South Whales

Once In 100 Year Type Of Rain Brings ‘Life-Threatening Emergency’  To Sydney

A low-pressure system off Australia’s east coast is forecast to bring heavy rain over the next 24 hours across the southern regions of New South Wales. More than 8-inches of rain has already fallen over a 186-mile area. That is more than a month’s worth of rain.

New South Wales emergency services minister Steph Cooke said flooding could impact areas that have never experienced flooding.

The Bureau of Meteorology warned of flood risks along the Nepean and Hawkesbury Rivers and said water levels would peak higher than in the past three major flood events.

Some of these same areas were flooded in March and for the third time this year. Leaving many to question if they can even continue to live there.

The heavy rains caused Sydney’s main dam to spill early Sunday morning, and the rivers are flowing very fast and very dangerous.

Authorities have issued evacuation orders for about 70 areas in Sydney after flooding submerged homes for the third time this year.

Police say 29 people have been rescued from floodwaters, including one hanging on to a pole for an hour.

For more on this story, please consider these sources:

  1. Thousands told to evacuate Sydney, as heavy rains bring ‘life threatening emergency’  CNN
  2. Tens of thousands told to evacuate Sydney amid floods – BBC News  BBC News
  3. After 3 feet of rain, 32,000 in Sydney area may need to flee  KRQE News 13
  4. Illawarra to cop more rain, winds as East Coast Low looms  Illawarra Mercury
  5. More heavy rains set to drench Sydney as thousands evacuate  Reuters.com
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