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Thousands of people evacuated when Sydney faces its fourth flood in a year and a half

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Residents are looking to a flooded building on July 4, 2022, next to the old Windsor Bridge along the flooding Hawkesbury River, on the outskirts of Windsor in northwest Sydney.

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Sydney — Over 30,000 residents in and around Sydney prepare to evacuate or abandon their homes on Monday as Australia’s largest city faces a fourth, perhaps worst flood, within a year and a half. I was told. Heavy rainy days flooded dams, waterways broke embankments, and created new flood emergencies in parts of the city of 5 million people.

“The latest information we have is that floods are very likely to be worse than any of the other three floods in these areas in the last 18 months,” said Murray Watt Emergency. The Minister of Situation Management said.

Watt added that the current floods could affect areas that were spared from the previous floods in March last year, March and April this year.

Prime Minister Dominique Perotet of New South Wales said 32,000 people were affected by evacuation orders and warnings.

“Maybe that number is expected to increase over the course of a week,” Perotet said.

Paramedics provided numerous flood rescues on Sundays and early Mondays, seeking help from hundreds more.

One year of rain in one day

Bureau of Meteorology manager Jane Golding said it has rained more than 39 inches in the last 24 hours in some areas between Newcastle, north of Sydney, and Wollongong, south of Sydney. Some received 59 inches or more. These sums are close to the average annual rainfall in the coastal areas of New South Wales.

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On July 4, 2022, a flooded building can be seen next to the old Windsor Bridge along the overflowing Hawkesbury River in Windsor, a suburb of Sydney, Australia.

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“The system that produces this weather is showing signs of ease tomorrow, but we expect more rain to fall throughout the day,” Golding said.

She said it was predicted to rain all week across the coast of New South Wales, including Sydney. The Meteorological Bureau said Monday that up to 4.7 inches could fall to Sydney.

The risk of flooding was highest along the Hawkesbury River in northwestern Sydney and the Nepean River in western Sydney.

On Monday afternoon, the agency reported a massive flood in the Nepian communities of Menangle and Warasia on the southwestern tip of Sydney.

Floods also occurred in Hawkesbury, North Richmond, on the northwestern tip of Sydney. The Hawkesbury community in Windsor and Lower Portland was expected to be flooded on Monday afternoon, and Wisemans Ferry was expected to be flooded on Tuesday, according to a statement from the agency.

State Emergency Services Commissioner Carlene York said strong winds knocked down trees, damaged ditches and blocked roads. She advised not to make unnecessary trips.

A freighter with a disability is waiting for rescue

Off the coast of New South Wales, a cargo ship carrying 21 crew members went out of power after leaving the port of Wollongong on Monday morning. It was moored near the coast and the tugboat was preparing to pull it into the safer open ocean.

The ship has engineers who can repair the engine, port official Jon Finch told reporters. “Unfortunately, we happen to be in some terrible condition right now,” he said, explaining the 26-foot swell and wind blowing at 34 mph.

The previous plan to safely airlift the crew of a Portland Bay cargo ship was abandoned due to bad weather.

“Never again”

Repeated floods struck members of the riverside community in southwestern Sydney, said Teresa Federi, mayor of Camden, where homes and businesses flooded the Nepean River on Sunday night.

“It’s just catastrophic. They just keep saying’catastrophic, never again’,” Fedeli said.

“I just keep saying …” We have to be strong, we get over this. “But you deeply know that it’s really hitting a lot of people. I know, “she added.

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On July 4, 2022, rescue boats are moored in a flooded residential area along the flooding Hawkesbury River in northwest Sydney, on the outskirts of Windsor, Australia.

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Perotet said governments and communities need to adapt to the floods that are becoming more common across Australia’s most populous states.

“There is no doubt that these events are becoming more common to see what we see throughout Sydney, and the government will respond to the changing environment in which we find ourselves. Needs to be adjusted and confirmed, “said Perotet.

Thousands of people evacuated when Sydney faces its fourth flood in a year and a half

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