Thousands of people in suburban Sydney were evacuation from their places due to heavy rains triggered flash floods and flooding, which authorities described as life-threatening emergencies.
A severe weather warning report was issued by Australia’s Bureau of Meteorology for downpours and flooding, besides winds of up to 90 kilometers (55 miles) per hour on the coast of the most populous city in Australia and other parts of the State of New South Wales.
The Warragamba dam, west of Sydney, began to overflow overnight, according to authorities, who expected the peak flooding to be comparable to the devastating flood in March last year.
Emergency Services Minister Steph Cooke said that due to floods in Sydney people in several suburbs needed evacuation from their places . Furthermore, Cooke said there was no need to wait for other orders and leave the Syndey.
she said that if they feel uncomfortable or uncertain about their circumstances and have the opportunity to leave earlier, they don’t necessarily wait for an evacuation order. If they were safe in 2021, don’t assume they will be safe. It is a rapidly evolving situation, and they could see affected areas that they haven’t seen before
Emergency services said they had carried out some 100 flood rescues and responded to 3,000 calls for help in the previous 24 hours. There were evacuation centers at various points in western Sydney, they noted.
Some 100 members of the Australian Defense Force were helping to sandbag and warn people of the threat of flooding.
The coastal situation that began Friday worsened as a coastal low-pressure system formed off the north-central coast, the weather agency’s risk response and preparedness director said.
He said it produced extraordinary rain rates in the last 24 hours. Many places have registered up to 200 millimeters, and some near 300 millimeters. The volume of rainfall is almost half of the annual average of Sydney.
Officials advised people to avoid non-essential travel, even on public transport, as some roads were already submerged and others were in danger of flash flooding.