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Evacuation warnings issued as rains lash NSW

Thursday June 27, 2013 - 11:36 EST

The State Emergency Service (SES) is bracing for further river rises after severe weather conditions caused flooding around New South Wales.

A flood evacuation warning remains in place for parts of Sydney's west and north-west.

Warragamba Dam spilled at about 9pm yesterday, while flows from the Nepean River caused minor flooding in Penrith and Richmond.

The SES is anticipating more flooding, with a flood watch issued for residents in low-lying areas of the Richmond lowlands, Pitt Town and Gronos Point.

SES spokeswoman Becky Gollings says favourable weather conditions have eased the situation.

"We've seen the severe weather that's been affecting Sydney over the past few days ease," Ms Gollings said.

There is still some residual flooding on the south coast, and flood warnings are in place for the Hawkesbury and Nepean rivers.

"We'll certainly be monitoring the flooding around those areas and we'll just keep a close watch on the river level rises and the minor flooding that is happening and see how it goes with the water levels receding," Ms Golling said.

Yarramundi Bridge remains closed and Richmond and Windsor bridges are expected to be closed later today.


- ABC

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