Sydney seen from Balmain

Worst storms since 1970s batter Sydney

Dozens of Sydney residents are on flood watch as one of the largest storms in recent decades crushed through the NSW coast on Sunday, with some residents copping 200mm of rain in under 24 hours.

In reference to some of the heavily effected areas, Dr Mitchell Harley of the University of NSW and his team at the Water Research Laboratory said, ““We’ve not seen something like this since the 1970s, the way it’s coming in from a north easterly direction it’s hitting parts of the beach that don’t normally experience this kind of thing.”

The ravaging storm has brought down trees, damaged houses, left streets and roads flooded and the NSW transport system is in complete chaos. Over the past 48 hours, the State Emergency Service has received over 8000 calls for assistance, successfully completing over 150 rescues as of Sunday afternoon.

In Lismore, 500 people were evacuated as the Wilsons Rivers level rose. Residents around the Georges River have been pressured to evacuate to as the water level is expected to reach 3 metres at Milperra and Picnic Point this evening.

People in some areas of New South Wales have been urged if possible to stay home from work and school on Monday to prevent any harm.

Source: wikinews.org

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