New South Wales, the most populous state in Australia, was braced for further heavy rain and potential flooding on Saturday as the number of weather warnings reached 64 and officials encouraged people to exercise extreme caution and avoid travel.
Sydney is anticipated to see rain, and local and inland rivers have both received flood warnings after rain since Wednesday, according to meteorological officials, elevated their levels in several areas of the state.
The premier of New South Wales, Dominic Perrottet, informed reporters that there was a “serious risk” of flash flooding throughout the entire state.
“As a result of the current scenario, which includes full dams and overflowing rivers, we advise everyone to continue to exercise caution.”
500 emergency services volunteers were placed on standby, along with helicopters from the Australian Defense Force and emergency services, as part of the preparations to combat the floods.
The emergency agency noted that 10 flood rescues had taken place in the previous 24 hours.
A rare third consecutive year of the La Nina weather phenomenon, which produces greater rain, is affecting Australia’s east. Sydney has Thursday had the wettest year since records began in 1858 with almost three months still in 2022.
The risk of flash flooding, landslips, and downed trees will increase due to additional rain that is predicted overnight, according to Steph Cooke, the state’s emergency services minister.
Cooke pleaded with people, particularly those in Sydney this evening, to exercise caution.
The difficulty is increased by predictions that the roads would be busier than usual as Monday marks the start of classes after spring break and the return of roughly 200,000 fans from a supercars competition.
Authorities warned drivers against using flooded roadways.
The Bureau of Meteorology has stated that although the middle of the week may bring heavier rain, the rain is anticipated to lessen on Sunday before heading offshore.
Devastating floods have frequently struck Australia’s east coast this year. Rising waters in March forced tens of thousands of people from their homes, resulting in at least 13 fatalities.