Parts of Sydney’s southwest have been ordered to evacuate as heavy rain battered New South Wales on Saturday night. This comes after Sydney and the Illawarra were told to expect an entire month’s worth of rain in just one day.
Folks in Camden were officially told to leave after their town copped 75mm of rain on Saturday as per the Sydney Morning Herald.
A #Flood Watch is current for central and southern #NSW coastal catchments with heavy #rain expected this weekend🌧️— Bureau of Meteorology, Australia (@BOM_au) July 2, 2022
This means the potential for minor (green), moderate (orange) and major (red) flooding, including the Hawkesbury-Nepean Valley.
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Many residents in Woronora, Chipping Norton, Georges Hill, Liverpool, Lansvale, Moorebank and Warwick Farm were also sent text messages telling them to be ready to evacuate. Parts of Wallacia have since been added to the evacuation list.
The NSW State Emergency Service (SES) received over 1,000 calls from people in need of assistance as per 9 News.
One of these residents was a Holsworthy woman who was literally hanging onto a tree for an hour waiting to be rescued.
#BREAKING: There has been a major escalation on the wild weather that is currently striking NSW.— 9News Sydney (@9NewsSyd) July 2, 2022
Evacuation orders are in place amid fears people could soon be cut off by flood waters. @LydiaBilton #9News pic.twitter.com/VlLro0msaK
According to the SES, residents of Menangle, Liverpool, Milperra, Camden, North Richmond, Wallacia, Penrith, Sackville, Upper Colo and Windsor could receive “prepare to evacuate” text messages in the coming days.
“If you receive a text message from +61 444 444 444, it’s an official alert that requires attention and to take action early,” it said in a statement.
#NSWRFS crews successfully rescued 9 people from flood water in Austral this evening. The occupants from 2 vehicles were assisted to higher ground and have gone home safely.— NSW RFS (@NSWRFS) July 2, 2022
For flood and storm assistance call the @NSWSES on 132 500. In life-threatening emergencies, call 000. pic.twitter.com/pjlGxUSswG
Steph Cooke is the state’s Emergency Services Minister and told reporters there was a “very real risk of riverine flooding occurring over the days ahead” as per SBS.
Earlier this week extensive weather warnings issued for the next month.covered the
If the Sydney flooding intensifies it could be deemed the third major flood for 2022.