Premier Dominic Perrottet stated saturated grounds and at-capacity dams and rivers had elevated the possibility of flash flooding.
“We expect in a single day heavy rainfall on the east coast of Sydney because it strikes up from the west … so there’s vital danger of flash flooding proper throughout our state,” he stated.
“We at present have a state of affairs the place our dams are full, our rivers are full, so, with heavy rain anticipated, we ask all people to proceed to be cautious.”
Emergency Providers Minister Steph Cooke stated quite a few areas throughout the state ought to count on to see flooding.
“We’re solely eight days into the storm season and sadly we’re seeing flooding persevering with throughout NSW, which continues to influence on our rural, regional and distant communities. It’s anticipated to take action for weeks and, in actual fact, months forward.”
The Bureau of Meteorology’s Jane Golding stated the rain will start easing by midday on Sunday, with some sunshine forecast for the beginning of the week.
NSW SES Commissioner Carlene York warned the flood hazard would proceed on Monday as river ranges peak.
“The rains will move and the solar will come out however the rivers should be rising … The chance doesn’t go away simply because the climate’s high-quality.”
Motor racing at Mount Panorama was suspended after a downpour flooded the racetrack, and horse races at Randwick have been postponed after jockeys voiced concern concerning the state of the observe.
Forward of the forecast heavy rains, NSW Police activated the State Emergency Operations Centre at Homebush.
The State Emergency Operations Controller, Appearing Deputy Commissioner Peter Cotter, stated police are ready and able to reply throughout this evolving state of affairs.
“As we work carefully with the SES and different emergency companies, we ask the group to work with us and observe any instructions they’re given,” Cotter stated.
“These in flood-prone areas are urged to keep away from important journey and drive to the situations on the roads. Please obey street closures and bear in mind, if it’s flooded, overlook it.”
Angus Dalton, Lucy Rickard, Sally Rawsthorne and AAP
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