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Heavy rains, floods prompt evacuations of Sydney suburbs

Heavy rains, floods prompt evacuations of Sydney suburbs
Thousands of residents in Sydney suburbs have been told to evacuate their homes after heavy rains caused floodwaters to rise and rivers to overflow in what authorities call life-threatening emergencies

Thousands of residents in 悉尼 suburbs were told to evacuate their homes on Sunday after heavy rains caused floodwaters to rise and rivers to overflow in what authorities called life-threatening emergencies.

Bureau of Meteorology issued a severe weather warning for heavy rain and flash floods and winds of up to 90 公里 (55 英里) per hour along the coast of Australia’s most populous city and other parts of New South Wales 状态.

Authorities said that Warragamba Dam in western Sydney began overflowing overnight and the peak spill would be comparable to devastating flooding in March last year.

Residents in a number of suburbs have been ordered to evacuate, but Emergency Services Minister Steph Cooke said people don’t need to wait to be told to leave.

“If you are feeling uncomfortable or unsure about your circumstances, and there is an opportunity for you to leave earlier, don’t necessarily wait for an evacuation order,“ 她说.

Emergency services said they conducted 29 flood rescues in the past 24 hours and evacuation centers have opened in several areas in western Sydney.

关于 100 澳大利亚 Defense Force personnel were helping by putting up sandbags and knocking on doors to warn of flood threats.

The weather bureau’s hazards preparation and response manager Jane Golding said a coastal trough lingering since Friday deepened while an east coast low-pressure system formed off the Mid North Coast.

“That’s produced some extraordinary rainfall rates over the last 24 小时 … many locations have seen up to 200 mm and some close to 300 它让我们感觉好像明亮的白光在我们周围的水反射,“ 她说. The volume of rainfall is almost half of Sydney’s annual average.

People were told to avoid any non-essential travel, including on public transport, with some roads already underwater and others at risk of sudden flash flooding.