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Sydney is battered by heavy rain

Sydney is battered by TWO MONTHS of rain in two days and cyclonic wind forcing mass evacuations and 10,000 calls for help as the city wakes to mansions on the edge of being washed away, yachts sunk, 150,000 homes without power and 38 schools closed

  • Sydney was deluged with 400mm of rain – two months’ worth – over the weekend, the most in 22 years
  • 40 schools located across NSW are closed on Monday as a result of the floods following record rainfall 
  •  Commuters urged to stay home as public transport is thrown into chaos with multiple delays to trains
  • SES issued on Sunday evening a warning for the Narrabeen Lagoon area in the city’s northern beaches
  • Residents in Moorebank, Chipping Norton, and Milperra were evacuated as the Georges River flooded
  • Six metre swells are battering the beaches and trees and power has been knocked out all over city and coast 
  • Better news came for state’s dams – with previously parched Warragamba Dam reaching highest level in years

Sydney has been thrown into chaos by a devastating storm which saw two months of rain fall in just two days – forcing mass evacuations, leaving 150,000 homes without power, and prompted warnings not to drive to work.

The storm dumped 400mm of rain on the city over the weekend, causing mayhem for commuters on Monday morning with roads blocked, ferries cancelled and trains suffering major delays across the network.

Residents in flood-affected areas from the city’s west to the Northern Beaches and the New South Wales Central Coast have been warned not to drive to work as rivers and lagoons overflow.

‘We are trying to ask people to reconsider their travel, a number of roads are closed,’ a State Emergency Service said on Monday morning.

‘And we are still seeing people driving into flood water.’ 

New South Wales Emergency Services Minister David Elliott urged motorists to heed flood warnings and stay off the roads if possible.

‘We have 400 SES volunteers trying to complete the backlog this morning and unfortunately this has included 150 flood rescues,’ he said.

‘The message to the motorists of Sydney and indeed the wider metropolitan area is if you can avoid being on the roads do so.’ 

The warning comes as police respond to reports a car was swept off a causeway in Galston, in Sydney’s Hornsby District on Sunday, with fears a passenger was inside the vehicle at the time.

The silver Mercedes was reported to have been washed away by floodwaters on Sallaway Road at Galston between 4.30pm and 5pm on Sunday.

Schools across New South Wales – from Penrith in the far west of Sydney to Wyong on the Central Coast and Narrabeen on the northern beaches – were also forced to close after the record-breaking deluge.

Sydneysiders woke to the aftermath of the chaos brought on by a weekend of strong winds and heavy rain, with many streets turned into rivers and mansions on the verge of being washed away. 

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New South Wales was thrown into chaos over the weekend with mass evacuations as flood waters threatened homes. The severe storm comes just a month after bushfires caused widespread devastation

New South Wales was thrown into chaos over the weekend with mass evacuations as flood waters threatened homes. The severe storm comes just a month after bushfires caused widespread devastation 

Strong winds uprooted trees during the severe storms. A motorist in Concord woke to some heartbreaking news after a massive tree slammed into the front of their

Strong winds uprooted trees during the severe storms. A motorist in Concord woke to some heartbreaking news after a massive tree slammed into the front of their 

A motorists makes a risky move by attempting to make their way through murky water after the road began to resemble a river in Sydney

A motorists makes a risky move by attempting to make their way through murky water after the road began to resemble a river in Sydney

The heaviest rain to hit Sydney in 22 years caused major flooding across the city. Pictured is a flooded carport in Westmead

The heaviest rain to hit Sydney in 22 years caused major flooding across the city. Pictured is a flooded carport in Westmead

SYDNEY BATTERED BY RAIN

– Sydney has copped over 400mm of rain since Friday 

– More than 150,000 NSW homes and businesses remain without power

– Biggest downpour to hit the NSW coast since 1998  

– 40 schools in Sydney and the Central Coast are closed on Monday 

– Sydney ferries are cancelled for Monday

– State Emergency Service received 10,000 calls for help on Sunday 

– 156 people had to be rescued from floodwaters

– Evacuation orders issued on Sunday night for residents in Narrabeen, Chipping Norton, Moorebank and Milperra

– North Richmond and Windsor along the Hawkesbury River flooded

– Flooding continues along the Nepean River at Menangle and Camde

– Flood watch for the Upper Cox’s River and Mcdonald River 

Mass train cancellations: 

 – Metro North West Line – buses replacing services between Chatswood and Macquarie Park [flooding]

 – T4 Eastern Suburbs & Illawarra Line – major delays [signal equipment repairs]

 – T7 Olympic Park Line – closed [flooding]

 – T8 Airport & South Line – major delays [flooding]

Wahroonga on Sydney’s upper north shore received 164mm of rainfall over the course of Sunday alone. The average rainfall for the entire month of February is 117mm.

Wild winds, which grew to speeds of 107km/h off the coast of Sydney, added to the mayhem by uprooting trees and damaging power lines, leaving more than 150,000 homes without power on Sunday night and Monday morning.

Commuters have been warned to expect major delays on Monday morning as public transport has been struggling to cope with the deluge. 

The State Emergency Service urged motorists to avoid travel if they can while crews work to clear roads that have been covered in debris. 

Major flooding was inundating Milperra and Liverpool in western Sydney in the early hours of Monday, the NSW State Emergency Service said.

There are concerns the Georges River at Milperra could reach levels higher than 1988’s flood.

Commuters have been told to catch buses when travelling between Manly and Circular Quay as ferries have been cancelled due to large swells, Ferries Sydney advised.

Buses will also be replacing ferries between Parramatta and Rydalmere.

The closure came as the wharf in Parramatta was overcome by floodwaters, with the level of the suburb’s river surging during the rainstorm. 

The North Shore Line has also been experiencing major delays due to a landslip at Artarmon. Those travelling on the Sydney Metro between Macquarie Park and Chatswood will have to take replacement buses instead. 

The downpour marked the biggest the area has seen since 1998.

The popular Blue Mountains tourist town of Katoomba was estimated to have copped a quarter of the rainfall it normally receives in an entire year.  

Sea foam whipped up in front of homes along Collaroy on the Northern Beaches on Monday morning

Sea foam whipped up in front of homes along Collaroy on the Northern Beaches on Monday morning

A view of houses in Collaroy on the Northern Beaches where water levels threaten to decimate their homes

A view of houses in Collaroy on the Northern Beaches where water levels threaten to decimate their homes

A car is seen under floodwater at Marrickville in Sydney on Sunday after the massive downpour over the weekend

A car is seen under floodwater at Marrickville in Sydney on Sunday after the massive downpour over the weekend

Emergency crews worked tirelessly over the weekend after heavy rain and wild winds batter most of New South Wales. (pictured: SES workers clearing a tree after it fell in Strathfield)

Emergency crews worked tirelessly over the weekend after heavy rain and wild winds batter most of New South Wales. (pictured: SES workers clearing a tree after it fell in Strathfield) 

Many people had to be rescued from flooding after record-breaking heavy rain hammered parts of Sydney on Sunday

Many people had to be rescued from flooding after record-breaking heavy rain hammered parts of Sydney on Sunday

ONGOING SYDNEY TRAIN AND FERRY SUSPENSIONS  

F1 Manly to Circular Quay – no ferries [large swells]

F3 Parramatta River – buses replacing ferries between Parramatta and Rydalmere [Parramatta Weir overflowing]

Metro North West Line – buses replacing services between Chatswood and Macquarie Park [flooding]

T4 Eastern Suburbs & Illawarra Line – major delays [signal equipment repairs]

T7 Olympic Park Line – closed [flooding]

T8 Airport & South Line – major delays [flooding]

The rainfall was so heavy it could break February records in parts of New South Wales. 

Residents in low-lying areas near the Narrabeen Lagoon in northern Sydney were ordered by the NSW State Emergency Service to evacuate on Sunday night as floodwaters began to threaten homes. 

Stormy conditions are expected to tail off from Monday, although in Sydney and the Wollongong and Newcastle regions rain is still very likely until Thursday this week. 

By the weekend, there will be only a 50 per cent chance of rain.

However, Bureau of Meteorology state manager Jane Golding a king tide and 8m high waves are threatening to cause further damage early this week.

‘Monday and Tuesday will be the main danger period because it is really the height of the waves, the power of the waves coming in from the East which erodes the land,’ she said.

This weekend has also brought heavy flooding to parts of Queensland, with Coolangatta on the Gold Coast receiving more than 100mm of rain just on Saturday. The February average is 138mm. 

On Sunday evening, the State Emergency Service issued a warning for the Narrabeen Lagoon area in Sydney, telling residents they needed to evacuate by 10.30pm on Sunday.

Trees were uprooted as strong winds tore through New South Wales on Saturday and Sunday

Trees were uprooted as strong winds tore through New South Wales on Saturday and Sunday 

Ferries were delayed or cancelled in Sydney over the weekend due large swells

Ferries were delayed or cancelled in Sydney over the weekend due large swells

Sydney is bracing the strongest winds in 16 years and the biggest downpour since 1998 which have combined to fell trees, turn roads into rivers, and leave 150,000 without power

Sydney is bracing the strongest winds in 16 years and the biggest downpour since 1998 which have combined to fell trees, turn roads into rivers, and leave 150,000 without power

A man wades through ankle deep floodwaters as he leaves his car after it failed to start during record-breaking rainfall in Sydney on Sunday

A man wades through ankle deep floodwaters as he leaves his car after it failed to start during record-breaking rainfall in Sydney on Sunday

The State Emergency Service - which ordered residents in the northern beaches suburbs of Narrabeen Lagoon, Moorebank, Chipping Norton and Milperra to leave their homes on Sunday evening Wahroonga on Sydney's upper north shore received 164mm of rainfall over the course of Sunday alone (Narrabeen pictured flooded on Sunday)

The State Emergency Service – which ordered residents in the northern beaches suburbs of Narrabeen Lagoon, Moorebank, Chipping Norton and Milperra to leave their homes on Sunday evening Wahroonga on Sydney’s upper north shore received 164mm of rainfall over the course of Sunday alone (Narrabeen pictured flooded on Sunday)

Pedestrians in Sydney are doused with torrential rain battering the city and surrounding areas as far north as Taree, with warnings of dangerous conditions along the coast. Four people were taken to hospital after a falling tree hit a taxi in Sydney

Pedestrians in Sydney are doused with torrential rain battering the city and surrounding areas as far north as Taree, with warnings of dangerous conditions along the coast. Four people were taken to hospital after a falling tree hit a taxi in Sydney

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