Australia – Floods Prompt High Water Rescues in New South Wales

Severe weather including strong winds, heavy rainfall and damaging surf has been affecting parts of New South Wales (NSW) in Australia over the last 2 days.

Flood rescue in New South Wales, July 2020. Photo: NSW SES

Australia’s Bureau of Meteorology (BoM) said a coastal low that has spent the last few days tracking down from the north.

“After hammering the Far North, then Central Coast, the Hunter and Sydney, now it’s Illawarra and far south feeling the impacts. This afternoon has seen rain and wind gusts of 113 km/h at Ulladulla and 96 at Kiama km/h.”

Wooli in the north of the state recorded 123 mm of rain in 24 hours to 26 July. The following day Newcastle recorded 152.2 mm, Batemans Bay 164 mm and Wattamolla 184.6 mm.

State Emergency Services (SES) attended almost 500 incidents across NSW. Crews made 8 flood rescues in the Central Coast area, including children and driver from a school bus stranded in floodwaters in Newcastle.

Meanwhile strong winds have downed trees and power lines, causing power outages for around 15,000 properties.

Minor flooding is occurring along the Deua River at Wamban, which is expected to reach 5 metres on 27 July. The town of Sussex Inlet is also experiencing minor flooding where the St Georges Basin is expected to reach a peak of 1.1 metres. BoM has also warned of flooding along the Snowy and Bombala rivers.

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