NSW flood warnings ahead of rain easing

Date: 2021-11-27 09:33:57

WaterNSW said it was monitoring inflows into Warragamba Dam after Sydney’s major supply storage started spilling on Friday night.

Runners braved the rain on the Bay Run at Haberfield this week.Credit:Jessica Hromas

Premier Dominic Perrottet said on Saturday that water from the dam, which serves Greater Sydney, could affect downstream communities. WaterNSW estimates the dam could continue to spill for up to a week.

Bureau of Meteorology senior meteorologist Jordan Notara said on Saturday evening it appeared the water was “not expected to reach minor flood levels” near Richmond in Sydney’s north-west.

Mr Notara said “intense” rainfall on Wednesday night dumped about 50 millilitres into the dam in 30 minutes. He said that was considered a “one-in-100 years occurrence” and “it is very abnormal rainfall rates for that area”.

The NSW State Emergency Service said volunteers carried out 16 flood rescues for people whose properties were flooding or for people attempting to drive through floodwaters.

The service had also responded to more than 600 calls for storm-related damage including leaking and damaged roofs, fallen trees, in the past 24 hours.

On Friday, police rescued four people from two different cars trapped in floodwaters in the state’s north.

In one incident, a 65-year-old man was swept 200 metres downstream east of Taree, with two members of the public attempting to rescue him and becoming trapped. All three were rescued by police.

Meanwhile, a Toyota Hilux attempted to cross a flooded spillway at Muswellbrook and was swept some 400 metres. After a failed attempt to winch the vehicle out, the 52-year-old driver tried to swim but drifted away. Two police officers entered the floodwaters to rescue him.

Flooding in Cassilis in the NSW Upper Hunter.

Flooding in Cassilis in the NSW Upper Hunter.

On Friday night, a 22-year-old woman was taken to hospital in a critical condition in Sydney’s south-west after a large gum tree fell on the Ford Ranger she was a passenger in.

The woman was treated by paramedics on a road in Glen Alpine, then taken to Liverpool Hospital with critical head and spinal injuries. The 24-year-old driver of the car was uninjured.

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