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Sydney mops up after wild night

Tuesday January 29, 2013 - 13:55 EDT
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Ibises keep their feet dry at Centennial Park after parts of Sydney recorded record rainfall levels. - Audience submitted

Sydneysiders are clearing up after an overnight drenching, as a low pressure system from ex-tropical cyclone Oswald moves out to sea.

Many parts of the city recorded rainfall levels of over 100mm in the 24 hours before 9am this morning.

The Bureau of Meteorology says 125mm fell at Camden, in the city's south west, and 197mm fell at Gosford, on the central coast.

The heavy rain caused flash flooding, especially in coastal suburbs.

Two people had to be rescued from their car which got caught in flash flooding at St Ives, on Sydney's north shore.

Phil Campbell from the State Emergency Service expects that will be the last of the rescues because flood waters are now subsiding.

"We are not expecting any more flash flooding to eventuate given the forecast we've had from the Bureau," he said.

"There is still a chance of strong winds later today as a small low tracks down the coast past Sydney and the Illawarra but we are hopeful that low will not call any further damage."

There have been around 500 jobs in Sydney, due to fallen trees and leaking roofs.

Andrew Richards from the SES says rivers stayed below peak as Sydney escaped the worst of the wild weather.

"The Georges and Hawkesbury [Rivers] have coped pretty well under the latest falls," he said.

"We've just seen the Menagle drop below minor and all those other river systems have stayed below minor as well so they're coping pretty well at this stage, with only some really low level flooding in low lying areas."

Meanwhile, power has been restored to all homes and businesses in Sydney's south west after a fault on a local underground cable.

Supply was cut to around 1900 homes in the Bankstown area this morning.

Power has also been restored to homes in the Frenchs Forest area in Sydney's north.

Roads around Sydney are reopening as the floodwaters clear, including the Wakehurst Parkway in the city's north.

Train services south of Sydney, between Wollongong and Waterfall, have resumed after they were suspended earlier due to localised flooding.


- ABC

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