September 25, 2018

NSW flooding worsens as heavy rain continues

Flooding in Aussie. It is starting to be a familiar sight.

Heavy rain South of Sydney today has forced more evacuations and rescues as the flooding worsens in New South Wales.

Dozens of roads are closed and some rail lines cut. One of the worst affected areas is Bega on the south coast, which has had 330 millimetres of rain since last night.

A New South Wales State Emergency Service (SES) spokesperson said two properties near Bega were evacuated overnight, while others were being monitored. A motorist near Bega had to be rescued from a tree.

The SES has now rescued 43 people from flooding south of Sydney and has received 749 calls for help, mostly due to flash flooding and leaking roofs.

The Illawarra had its heaviest downpours in 21 years, with almost 230 millimetres falling yesterday.

A 61-year-old man from Figtree died when he was swept into a stormwater drain in flash flooding at Warilla, while the heavy rain also sparked flash flooding in Shell harbour and Oak Flats.

The SES spokeswoman said the rain was easing and was expected to move off the coast today, but the Bureau of Meteorology flood warning for the Bega River remains in place for now.

Several roads are also closed on the south coast, including many parts of the Princes Highway, and motorists are being asked to postpone non-essential travel in the area.

Police urge motorists to be aware of debris and to be careful of deep water on the road, and not to drive or walk through floodwaters.

Newswarped wonders if there has ever been a wetter summer in Australia than this one. Surely it is time for floods, cyclones and fires to cease and let the battered communities have a large dose of nornal life. Hopefully the last four months is not the ‘new normal’.