NSW wild weather: what we know so far about the flooding and evacuations | New South Wales



The coast of New South Wales has been hit by massive, “potentially life-threatening” rainfall, triggering flood warnings and evacuations in some towns. Here’s what we know so far:

  • Hundreds of millimetres of rain have fallen in parts of NSW overnight, breaking previous records for the month of March, and causing significant flooding along northern parts of the coast.

  • Further rain is expected on Sunday and the Bureau of Meteorology has issued a flood warning across parts of the NSW coast from the mid north coast to Sydney and the south coast, about half the state’s coastline.

  • The federal government is talking to freight and distribution companies over how the Covid-19 vaccine rollout will be impacted in rain-lashed NSW.

  • Residents in Pitt Town Bottoms, Pitt Town North, Cornwallis, North Richmond, Grono’s Point, Freemans Reach and Agnes Banks west of Sydney were told to evacuate in the early hours as the Hawkesbury River flooded.

  • Evacuation areas have been declared for about 17,000 residents in low-lying areas of Port Macquarie, North Haven, Dunbogan, Diamond Head, Laurieton, Camden Head, Taree CBD, Taree Estate, Cundletown, Dumaresq Island, Wingham and the Wingham Peninsular, King Point, Macksville CBD, Wauchope, Rawdon, Bulahdelah, Kempsey CBD, Lower Macleay.

  • The Warragamba Dam spilled over at about 3pm on Saturday afternoon.

  • Images from Port Macquarie show part of the city centre flooded.

  • A bodyboarder in his 60s went missing off the Coffs Harbour coast on Saturday afternoon and crews will resume the search on Sunday.

  • Two stranded bushwalkers were rescued in the Blue Mountains on Saturday as they were returning from a camping trip at Katoomba.

  • Strong winds have caused damage, with a small tornado ripping through Chester Hill High School in Sydney’s west on Saturday.

  • Moderate flooding continues along the Colo River, with farmers near the river told to be on alert for flooding and be ready to move livestock.

  • Bellingen locals on NSW’s mid north coast and people at a tourist park were advised to evacuate because of the risk of flooding along the Bellinger river.

  • Emergency crews made 750 call-outs overnight on Saturday, and have responded to more than 4,500 calls for help since Thursday.

  • SES Deputy Commissioner Daniel Austin said the service was dealing with downed trees, power outages, clearing of debris and damage to houses.

  • The state’s emergency service said it will be working beyond Easter on the post-flood clean up effort and restoration of key services.

  • The Bureau of Meteorology said it was possible up to one metre of rain could fall across NSW in the next week.

  • The Golden Slipper at Rosehill was postponed by Racing NSW.


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