Multiple flood evacuation orders have been issued across NSW as torrential rain continues and a risk of major flooding develops in multiple areas.
Hundreds of residents in parts of Chipping Norton and Camden in Sydney’s southwest have been ordered to leave due to rising waters on Thursday afternoon.
NSW SES at 4pm issued a notice urging residents in parts of Camden to clear out by 6pm as the area goes under water.
The evacuation order applies to Exeter Street west of John Street, Milford Road Camden West, and Peter Avenue between Onslow Avenue and Belgenny Avenue.
Parts of Camden (pictured) have been ordered to evacuate as the southwest Sydney suburb is hit with major flooding
Other streets included in the warning are Cawder Rd between Barsden Street and Murray St, Sheathers Lane, Kirkham Lane, Menangle Rd near Racecourse Rd and Poplar Caravan Park.
The SES earlier advised people on a number of streets in Chipping Norton, including Newbridge Road between Riverside Road and east to Georges River, Davy Robinson Drive Rickard Road and Arthur Street, to get out by 3pm.
The alerts came after people in parts of Woronora and Bonnet Bay in the city’s south were told to evacuate in the morning.
Warnings for possible evacuations are also in place for Stuarts Point on the mid-north coast, and Stonequarry Creek, Picton and Camden in southwestern Sydney.
Major flooding is expected on the Nepean River, with Menangle and Wallacia also expected to be affected in coming days.
Flood levels at Menangle could surpass the record set in April 1988, Bureau of Meteorology senior hydrologist Ailsa Schofield said.
The ’88 flood peak was higher than the levels reached in 2021 and in 2022, she said.
‘There is also the significant risk of continued flash flooding in the Greater Sydney, Upper Hunter, Illawarra and South Coast areas from today and into the weekend,’ Ms Scofield said.
‘So I’m really urging residents to stay up to date with the local weather and warning information and stay safe.’
Water is spilling at Warragamba Dam, which was already at capacity before the rain began.
‘This is a highly dynamic situation,’ State Emergency Service Acting Commissioner Daniel Austin said.
A severe weather warning has been issued for much of the NSW coast. Areas in purple should expect at least 100mm of rain
Sydneysiders have been urged to stay off the roads. Pictured is flash flooding on Pittwater Road on the Northern Beaches on Thursday morning
‘These events are moving exceptionally quickly as was witnessed in the Illawarra this morning … in the space of about three-quarters of an hour significant downpours, significant flash flooding, and a number of properties impacted by those flash events.’
The SES has responded to almost 700 requests for assistance and conducted 25 rescues, the majority for people caught out by flash flooding.
Incredible images captured in the city’s eastern suburbs on Thursday show the relentless rainfall pouring over the side of the cliffs and into the ocean below.
Towering water-front mansions in Diamond Bay and Dover Heights were seen being drenched in the deluge, which cascaded off the cliff face in heavy streams.
Sydney’s rocky cliff’s have been transformed into rushing waterfalls as a rain bomb continues to drench the city in torrential downpours (pictured, wild weather in the city’s east)
The wet and wild conditions saw the cliffs battered with large waves and powerful sea spray gusts as the city surpassed its average annual rainfall.
The rainfall showed no sign of stopping on Thursday afternoon with the Nepean River at Menangle having risen more than 13 metres in the past 24 hours.
The river passed major flood levels by two metres by 11am on Thursday morning.
Canterbury Bankstown council has asked Milperra residents to prepare for ‘potential flooding and evacuations’ as the Georges River in Sydney’s south and west continues to rise and threatens to overflow.
The Bureau of Meteorology has issued warnings for potential major flooding for Menangle, Liverpool and Milperra and a flood watch for other catchments.
‘Rainfall is expected to intensify around coastal areas of Wollongong today and continue tomorrow. The rainfall is expected to ease on Saturday,’ it said.
In Corrimal, in Wollongong’s north, powerful flooding whipped up a whirlpool in the middle of a suburban street.
Footage posted online shows the body of water gushing down the road before hitting a fence, causing part of the stream to churn in a circle.
The state has been hit by repeat floods in recent months, with the Northern Rivers area devastated by two deluges within weeks and Sydney enduring a regular drenching.
Liverpool Mayor Ned Mannoun told Sydney radio 2GB on Thursday there was a sense of deja vu in the area following flooding last month.
At Coalcliff in Wollongong, about 60km southwest of Sydney, the downpour has triggered a landslide at the Seacliff Bridge (pictured)
Pictured: Flash flooding in Dee Why on Thursday turned a road into a river
‘We know what’s going to happen, we just hope it won’t get worse than last time,’ Mr Mannoun said.
Authorities issued a severe weather warning on Thursday for southern and central NSW, metropolitan Sydney, the Illawarra, the South Coast, the Central and Southern Tablelands, and parts of the Hunter.
Several schools have closed in Sydney’s south, the Illawarra and the South Coast, including Dapto High School, Kanahooka High School, Kurnell Public School, Terara Public School, and Woronora River Public School.
The rain is expected to ease on Friday but the flood risk will remain throughout the week.
FOUR DAY FORECAST FOR WEATHER IN YOUR CITY:
Thursday: Sunny. Min 18 Max 32
Friday: Shower or two developing. Min 20 Max 27
Saturday: Partly cloudy. Min 14 Max 25
Sunday: Partly cloudy. Min 13 Max 23
Thursday: Partly cloudy. Min 13 Max 24
Friday: Mostly sunny. Min 14 Max 26
Saturday: Mostly sunny. Min 15 Max 27
Sunday: Partly cloudy. Min 17 Max 28
Thursday: Partly cloudy. Min 13 Max 24
Friday: Partly cloudy. Min 13 Max 23
Saturday: Partly cloudy. Min 16 Max 26
Sunday: Possible shower. Min 17 Max 26
Thursday: Mostly sunny. Min 8 Max 20
Friday: Sunny. Min 9 Max 21
Saturday: Sunny. Min 9. Max 24
Sunday: Shower or two. Min 14 Max 24
Thursday: Rain. Possible heavy falls. Min 12 Max 17
Friday: Rain. Min 11 Max 18
Saturday: Showers. Min 12 Max 21
Sunday: Partly cloudy. Min 11 Max 22
Thursday: Rain. Possible heavy falls. Min 17 Max 22
Friday: Rain. Min 17 Max 23
Saturday: Showers. Min 18 Max 24
Sunday: Shower or two. Min 17 Max 24
Thursday: Showers increasing. Min 20 Max 28
Friday: Showers. Min 20 Max 26
Saturday: Showers. Min 20 Max 27
Sunday: Shower or two. Min 19 Max 28
Thursday: Partly cloudy. Min 26 Max 34
Friday: Partly cloudy. Min 26 Max 34
Saturday: Partly cloudy. Min 26 Max 34
Sunday: Partly cloudy. Min 25 Max 34