BoM issues flood evacuation warnings for parts of south-west Sydney as rain set to pelt NSW coast
SES warns residents in Sydney’s west to prepare to evacuate
An evacuation warning has been issued for part of Western Sydney, as the deadly flood crisis that has hit Queensland and northern NSW moves south.
- Sydney’s main water source, Warragamba Dam, began spilling at 3am
- Heavy rain is expected to smash much of the NSW coast this afternoon and overnight
- A swathe of flood and severe weather warnings are in place in NSW
The State Emergency Service (SES) told people in Chipping Norton and Milperra, in the Harbour City’s south-west, that rising waters from the Georges River “may isolate the area”.
“You may be trapped without power, water and other essential services and it may be too dangerous to rescue you,” the flood warning read.
It comes as the Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) issued a swathe of severe weather and flood warnings for hundreds of kilometres of NSW’s coast, from above Newcastle to Moruya Heads.
The wild weather has inundated homes and businesses in south-east Queensland and northern NSW, killing 12 people and significant numbers of animals.
Sydney’s main water source, Warragamba Dam, began spilling at 3am, which authorities have warned will have a flow-on effect for communities along the Hawkesbury and Nepean rivers, in Sydney’s west and north-west.
NSW Deputy Premier Paul Toole said residents should prepare to evacuate and that the focus was on Sydney today.
“If you are asked to leave, please leave. Please do this for your own safety. Please do not contemplate on staying. Please do the right thing and don’t risk your life at this point in time,” he said.
The SES has warned people in North Richmond to prepare for “possible major flooding”.
It says people in Windsor should prepare for moderate flooding.
Thousands of residents were evacuated the last time the dam overflowed in March 2021, when more than 250mm of rain was recorded over three days.
BoM forecaster Dean Narramore said about 50mm to 150mm would hit some parts of Sydney, where the ground was “already saturated”.
“The water has nowhere to go except for creeks, rivers, streams, eventually dams and major river systems through eastern parts of New South Wales,” he said.
Emergency services are already stretched across the state, receiving 8,800 calls since Monday and performing 300 flood rescues overnight.