New South Wales’ State Emergency Services conducted 870 flood rescues overnight and received 9,700 calls for help, as the Colo River in the Hawkesbury Nepean catchment experienced major flooding.
There were further evacuation orders issued for communities north-west of Sydney, on top of the 18,000 already told to evacuate.
SES NSW commissioner Carlene Yorke told Sydney’s 2GB radio this morning that the Colo and Hawkesbury rivers were the areas of greatest concern, saying “this rain is incredible and it’s just not stopping”.
The other concerning factor is the winds are going to rise again with a forecast of up to 90km/h.
That brings with it storm damage and roof damage.
Some 200 homes have been isolated by the rapidly rising Colo River, with residents warned they should be ready to evacuate. Further warnings were issued for towns around Windsor, on the Hawkesbury River, which peaked at 12.75m last night. Authorities have warned it could get higher still, with rain still falling.
Low-lying properties in North Richmond and Agnes Banks were also told to evacuate.
Evacuation warnings also remain in place for Kempsey on the mid-north coast. The Levee at the Macleay River held overnight, but again, further rain is forecast to fall.
There was also flooding at the Wollombi in the Hunter Valley, with flooding at Taree and Gloucester. Heavy rain is forecast for the NSW south coast, central tablelands, and mid-north coast today, with 90mm forecast for Sydney.
South-east Queensland including the Gold Coast has received 100mm rain overnight.
And heavy rain coming across inland Australia has caused current weather warnings in the Australian Capital Territory, Northern Territory, South Australia and Victoria.