The Nepean River in Sydney’s west is forecast to succeed in ranges just like the devastating floods in April 1988, the climate bureau has warned, as the town endures extra record-breaking rainfall.
A flood warning is in place for Menangle, Camden and Wallacia, the Bureau of Meteorology mentioned.
The Hawkesbury River at North Richmond may additionally attain main flooding as the most recent rain bomb continues to drench the state.
People who stay within the space previous 11.30am have been informed it is seemingly they are going to be reduce off, with the Woronora Bridge more likely to be submerged at 1.7 metres.
Sydney has recorded 114mm within the area of a day, with 125mm falling at Sydney Airport.
According to the Bureau of Meteorology, the imply common of rain for April, from measurements taken between 1858 and 2020, is 126.5mm.
The newest falls have additionally seen Sydney surpass its annual rainfall common of 1213.4mm in simply the primary three months of 2022.
The Picton CBD can be going through an evacuation warning, with the Stonequarry Creek persevering with to rise.
More than 600 individuals have known as the State Emergency Service (SES) for assist in the final 24 hours as timber have been felled and flash flooding struck, with commuters being warned to not drive via waters this morning.
Images present inundated streets with individuals midway to knee-deep in water, whereas sturdy coastal winds despatched falling stormwater again up the cliffs at Dover Heights.
The South Coast, Illawarra and elements of Sydney are copping the brunt of the harmful climate system, with residents bracing for an escalation of evacuation warnings.
Cronulla within the Sutherland Shire was hit by 107mm of rain in simply three hours in a single day, the Bureau of Meteorology has mentioned.
Little Bay additionally recorded 107mm, however over six hours.
Up to 100mm is ready to fall whereas 140mm may fall within the coastal areas.
SES Assistant Commissioner Dean Storey mentioned lots of roads have been reduce off by flash flooding.
“If you are in affected areas avoid unnecessary travel,” he mentioned.
“If you can stay home stay off the roads.
“If you must hit the roads, by no means drive via flood waters.”
Assistant Commissioner Storey urged people in the Hawkesbury-Nepean catchment to have flood plans in place, with a minor to major flood warning issued for the area.
“We’ve had nearly 600 requests for help from the group in a single day, and 11 flood rescues,” he said.
“We’re anticipating these numbers to improve sadly in the present day as that rain continues.
“People also wake up and find properties damaged, trees down, roads floods all those things.
“It’s a really dynamic and unstable scenario in the present day in these areas.”
People around the state still picking up the pieces from recent flood events are now facing the prospect of having to leave their homes yet again, and watch their businesses go under.
Trees have also been toppled in Sydney’s south.
A Severe Weather Warning remains in place for metropolitan Sydney, along with the South Coast, Hunter region and the Central and Southern Tablelands.
Multiple flood warnings remain in place across NSW, including in the Hawkesbury region and along the Nepean and Georges Rivers, where flooding damaged homes and cut off communities just weeks ago.
Major flooding is a possibility along the Menangle River by this evening, with minor flooding expected this morning.
Miriam Bradbury from the Bureau of Meteorology said falls of up to 140mm in six hours were expected in some areas along the central and southern NSW coastal regions, with broader falls of between 60mm and 100mm in the same amount of time.
“We are going to see these rain charges easing off later in the present day and going to the in a single day interval,” she said.
“By tomorrow we must always simply be left with rather more remoted to scattered showers.
“It’s really this steady soaking rain that brings us the very high rainfall totals.”
She mentioned tomorrow and this afternoon would see a threat of extreme thunderstorms in NSW’s north-east.
“I mention this because it does extend over the area which has been most recently affected by severe flooding,” she mentioned.
She mentioned whereas it could improve the flood threat, it could seemingly be attributable to flash flooding somewhat than riverine flooding.
There are main considerations for catchments within the metropolis’s north-west and Hawkesbury Nepean, the place the dams are full which may trigger flooding.
Warragamba Dam, which is presently at 100 per cent capability, is ready to spill on Friday as a result of incoming rain bomb.
Chloe Konispoliatis, from McGraths Hill in Sydney’s north-west, mentioned she was “terrified” to see the rain return, fearing her house could possibly be flooded for a 3rd time in lower than two years.
“We have only just started to get our life back together,” she informed Today.
“We managed to clean quite quickly this time around, because we, unfortunately, were impacted by the floods last year as well.
“This yr we have been a bit extra ready.”
In the recently-ravaged Northern Rivers region, Wardell woman Rebecca Heywood is also facing another round of heavy rain, after her cottage was damaged by floods last month.
“I do not assume our communities can take a lot extra,” she mentioned.