A massive low pressure system continues to saturate the country’s east coast, with fears that some cities will be vulnerable to rising floodwaters.
A wild day of torrential rains will prompt renewed urges for major flood warnings off the east coast of Australia, with waterlogged NSW residents watching the river levels in panic.
Officials said on Friday they had already completed more than a dozen flood rescue operations and responded to 200 calls for aid as heavy rains lashed the state’s southern coast overnight, with Canberra and Sydney also exceeding the day. On alert for rain.
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Several roads are under water in the small town of Mogo, while Moruya is also at risk of being affected by rising floodwaters as a slow-moving low pressure system travels across the region and into the Tasman Sea.
Some areas of the south coast have recorded more than 200 mm of rain in the last 24 hours.
The NSW State Emergency Service has issued a flood warning for both the Moruya and Deua rivers, the latter of which was 9m and was rising early on Friday.
Assistant SES Commissioner Nicole Hogan said officials were also monitoring waterlogged areas of western NSW, many of which are still clearing up after last week’s floods.
Ms Hogan said it was important for people going on vacation this weekend to plan their trips early and keep track of conditions.
During the week and through the weekend the risk of heavy rainfall will continue to gradually move east, but river levels already raised will suddenly respond to any further declines.
Elsewhere, Brisbane has woken up to sunshine, but only after another tragic night of fierce storms.
The city recorded its second flood death in two days – Queensland’s third in the past few weeks – after a 44-year-old woman was trapped in a car stuck in floodwaters in Aspley.
The Moreton Bay area received over 110 mm of rain overnight.
It’s a different kind of emergency on Australia’s west coast as emergency services battle two major fires in the tourist hotspot of the Margaret River.
Local residents were urged to leave on Thursday night to douse the fire.