Australia’s largest city in a flood emergency that was impacting 50,000 people, officials said Tuesday.Emergency response teams made 100 rescues overnight of people trapped in cars on flooded roads or in inundated homes in the Sydney area, State Emergency Service manager Ashley Sullivan said.Days of torrential rain have caused dams to overflow and waterways to break their banks, bringing a fourth flood emergency in 16 months to parts of the city of 5 million people. Thousands evacuated from Australia’s Sydney amid heavy rains, floods The New South Wales state government declared a disaster across 23 local government areas overnight, activating federal government financial assistance for flood victims.Evacuation orders and warnings to prepare to abandon homes impacted 50,000 people, up from 32,000 on Monday, New South Wales Premier Dominic Perrottet said.“This event is far from over.
Please don’t be complacent, wherever you are. Please careful when you’re driving on our roads.
There is still substantial risk for flash flooding across our state,” Perrottet said.Emergency Services Minister Steph Cooke credited the skill and commitment of rescue crews for preventing any death or serious injury by the fourth day of the flooding emergency.Parts of southern Sydney had been lashed by more than 20 centimeters of rain in 24 hours, more than 17 per cent of the city’s annual average, Bureau of Meteorology meteorologist Jonathan How said.Severe weather warnings of heavy rain remained in place across Sydney’s eastern suburbs on Tuesday. The warnings also extended north of Sydney along the coast and into the Hunter Valley.The worst flooding was along the Hawkesbury-Nepean rivers system along Sydney’s northern and western fringes.“The
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