‘Departure NOW’: residents of Wollongong are only given two hours to evacuate when emerging flooding threatens homes
- Wollongong residents received a ‘willing to leave warning’ on Monday morning
Residents of Wollongong, south of Sydney, are urged to evacuate because rising water threatens to cut off the roads.
The NSW State Emergency Service issued a warning late in the morning on Monday morning to give residents in the coastal city and nearby low-lying areas only two hours to pack and leave.
“As a result of rising flood water, residents in the areas below should prepare to evacuate within the next 2 hours,” the SES said.
There is a warning for Jettys By The Lake Lifestyle Village, Oaklands Lifestyle Village, South Pacific Park Village, Oasis Resort and Caravan Park.
Sydney’s river basin was hit with the heaviest rainfall over the weekend in up to two decades when the Harbor City communities fell victim to a low east coast that also caused strong winds.
A car is seen on Sunday under the water in Marrickville in Sydney after the huge downpours in the weekend
The flood is not over yet, with forecasters warning heavy rainfall and harmful winds will once again lash Sydney and other parts of NSW.
Sydney, the Central Coast and the Blue Mountains were soaked after receiving between 200 mm and 400 mm of rain from Friday 9 a.m. to Sunday 5 p.m.
Four people were hospitalized on Sunday afternoon after a tree fell on their car in the CBD of Sydney, and a 16-year-old boy was treated for broken ribs after being trapped in debris in the Hunter’s Allyn River.
Sunday afternoon, a car was reportedly also wiped out in Galston, but the police have no evidence that anyone was in the vehicle.
There was relief on Monday when flood water along large rivers seemed to worry overnight. However, moderate flooding has persisted in North Richmond and Windsor along the Hawkesbury River, as well as Menangle on the Nepean.
Water from the Georges River also ran into western Sydney on Monday early in the waters of Milperra and Liverpool, said the NSW State Emergency Service.
River levels in Milperra are now higher than during the 1988 flood and major floods affect other areas such as Warwick Farm and Chipping Norton.
Residents near the Narrabeen Lagoon in northern Sydney evacuated at night after warnings of significant flooding.
The Bureau of Meteorology predicted harsher weather conditions on Monday with heavy rainfall, strong winds and harmful waves along the entire coast of the NSW and the interior of the NSW.
The Sydney Basin has seen the heaviest rainfall in about 20 years in recent days, while communities were hammered by an East Coast Low that also caused strong winds. Pictured: Narrabeen flooded roads in the northern beaches of Sydney