As floods in Sydney worsen, 50,000 Australians are advised to evacuate or be prepared to

RICHMOND (Australia aEUR") Hundreds of homes were inundated in and around Australia’s largest city during a flood emergency that caused trouble for 50,000 people.

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06 July 2022 Wednesday 04:18
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As floods in Sydney worsen, 50,000 Australians are advised to evacuate or be prepared to

RICHMOND (Australia aEUR") Hundreds of homes were inundated in and around Australia’s largest city during a flood emergency that caused trouble for 50,000 people. Officials said Tuesday.

Ashley Sullivan, State Emergency Service manager, said that 100 people were rescued by emergency response teams overnight from cars stuck on flooded roads and homes in the Sydney region.

The torrential rains have caused rivers to burst and dams to flood, creating a fourth flood emergency in just 16 months. This has affected parts of the city of five million people.

According to Dominic Perrottet, Premier of New South Wales, 50,000 people received evacuation orders and instructions to evacuate their homes. This is an increase from the 32,000 who were issued them Monday.

"This event is not over. Do not be complacent wherever you may be. Please drive carefully on our roads. Perrottet stated that there is still a substantial risk of flash flooding in our state.

Overnight, the New South Wales state government declared a flood emergency in 23 areas of local government. Federal financial assistance was activated for flood victims.

Steph Cooke, Minister for Emergency Services, praised the skills and dedication of rescue crews in preventing any death or serious injury during the fourth day of the flooding emergency.

According to Jonathan How, Bureau of Meteorology meteorologist, parts of southern Sydney were hit by more than 8 inches of rain in less than 24 hours. This is more that 17% of the annual average for the city.

On Tuesday, severe weather warnings for heavy rain continued to be in effect across Sydney's eastern suburbs. The warnings extended north to Sydney, along the coast, and into Hunter Valley.

The most severe flooding occurred along Sydney's western and northern fringes of the Hawkesbury–Nepean river systems.

"The good news is it looks like it will be mostly dry by tomorrow afternoon but, of course we remind people that these floodwaters would remain very high well past the rain's end."

"There was a lot of rain overnight, and that is actually seeing some rivers peak again. It will take several days or even a week for floodwaters to recede.

Residents in Lansvale in southwest Sydney were shocked at the rapidity with which their area was inundated, and the increasing frequency of such flooding.

"Well, it did happen in 1986 and 1988, then it didn’t happen for 28 year and so it wasn’t happening for 2016 and 2020, and now it’s happened four times this Year," Terry, a Lansvale resident, told Australian Broadcasting Corp. television about his home being flooded.

Plans to tow the stricken cargo vessel with 21 crew members safely to open sea were thwarted by the wild weather and mountains along the New South Wales coast.

After leaving Wollongong on Monday morning, the ship lost power and was at risk of being grounded due to 26-foot swells, winds blowing at 34 mph, and cliffs.

Philip Holliday, chief executive of Port Authority, stated that an attempt to tow the ship by tugboats into open sea ended in failure because a towline was snapped in a 36-foot swell late Monday.

With the assistance of two tugboats and two anchors, the ship maintained its position Tuesday further from the coast than Monday. Original plan was for crew members to fix their engine at sea. Holliday stated that the new plan was to tow ship to Sydney once weather and sea conditions improve.

Holliday stated, "We are in a better place than we were yesterday." "We are in relative safety."

Perrottet praised the response of the tugboat crews to the rescue effort on Monday as "heroic."

"I would like to express my gratitude to the men and women on those crews for their bravery in such treacherous conditions. Perrottet stated that to have an 11-meter (36 foot) swell and to be undergoing, is incredible.

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