Flood Warnings – ‘Life-threatening emergency’ around Sydney


Thousands of Sydney residents have been called to evacuate the region over torrential rains and severe storms. “We now face dangers on multiple fronts – flash flooding, flooding and coastal erosion,” Steph Cooke, New South Wales’s disaster management minister, said Sunday. She called on people to reconsider their vacation trips before the school holidays that are now starting. “This is a life-threatening emergency.”

More than 200 millimeters of rain fell in many areas, according to the weather service, in some areas as much as 350 mm. Precipitation is likely to increase in the coming days. Heavy rainfall caused a dam in southwestern Sydney to overflow overnight.

“There is no room for the water in the dams. They start to overflow. The rivers flow very fast and are very dangerous. There is also a risk of flash flooding depending on where it rains,” said Carlene York, the state’s director of disaster relief. 29 people have been rescued from the floods in recent days. The Australian government has 100 soldiers and two helicopters at their disposal. to the state to assist in any rescue operations, Defense Secretary Richard Marles said.

Source: Krone


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