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Australian Authorities Urge Residents to Evacuate Ahead of Flash Floods


A car blocks access to a flooded street at Camden on the outskirts of Sydney, Australia, on July 4, 2022. More than 30,000 residents of Sydney and its surrounds have been told to evacuate or prepare to do so on Monday, when rain and flash floods are expected.

Australian authorities are urging more than 30,000 residents in Sydney and its surrounding neighborhoods to evacuate or prepare to do so as more rain and flash floods are expected.

Speaking at a news briefing Monday, the Prime Minister of New South Wales Dominic Perrottet said that 64 evacuation warnings and 71 evacuation orders have been issued in the southeastern Australian state.

Residents have been also advised to avoid any non-essential travel, including on public transport as some roads are underwater and others are at risk of being flooded unexpectedly.

A car sits semi-submerged in flood waters at Camden on the outskirts of Sydney, Australia, July 4, 2022.
A car sits semi-submerged in flood waters at Camden on the outskirts of Sydney, Australia, July 4, 2022.

Australia’s Bureau of Meteorology warned Monday that Sydney could see up to 120 millimeters of rain during the day.

The bureau reported 200 to 350 millimeters of rain in some neighborhoods of Sydney over the past two days.

The bureau has warned of flood risks along the Nepean River, because of rising waters.

Sydney’s Warragamba Dam overflowed overnight Sunday, Australian water authorities said. The reservoir behind the dam provides Sydney’s main water supply.

A New South Wales State Emergency Service (SES) crew is seen in a rescue boat as roads are submerged under floodwater from the swollen Hawkesbury River in Windsor, northwest of Sydney, July 4, 2022.
A New South Wales State Emergency Service (SES) crew is seen in a rescue boat as roads are submerged under floodwater from the swollen Hawkesbury River in Windsor, northwest of Sydney, July 4, 2022.
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