New South Wales Floods Hit Illawarra

The heavy rain and storms that caused flash flooding in Sydney on Monday 24 March 2014 have now reached other areas of the state, in particular the Illawarra region to the south of Sydney.

Local media have reported that the emergency services have made as many as 30 flood rescues over the last 24 hours as motorists became trapped due to rising water. There were 378 calls to the emergency services during the storm. However, unlike the flash floods in Sydney where one man died, there have been no reports of any casualties as a result of the most recent flash floods in the Illawarra.

Flooding was so bad in some areas that roads had to be closed, including parts of the Illawarra Highway. Railway lines were also affected. The Illawarra Mercury reports that flooding at Port Kembla left parts of the South Coast Line between Wollongong and Port Kembla closed. A school in Bulli was also severely damaged after flood waters inudated the building. The Jerrara Dam near Kiama was on amber alert as water levels rose.

Rainfall Figures

By 9am Tuesday morning, 25 March 2014, some areas had seen almost 30cm off rain fall in 24 hours:

  • Wattamolla 298mm
  • Barrengarry 247mm
  • Foxground 232mm
  • Hampden Bridge 224mm

Further storms are likely to hit the area again over the next 24 hours and more rain for coastal New South Wales has been forecast to last until Saturday.

According to New south Wales Government:

Overnight and into Wednesday morning, rain is expected to intensify along the South Coast and southern Illawarra, with heavy falls and possible imbedded thunderstorms. The Severe Weather Warning is expected to remain current for flash flooding in this area. The NSW central coast including the Sydney area will see scattered showers with possible coastal storms, but severe weather is unlikely. Rain is also expected to develop in the inland north of about Griffith, with isolated heavier falls under storms.

Meanwhile Sydney faces the clean up after the flash floods that hit the city yesterday:

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Source: Illawarra Mercury; ABC NSW Government