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Newcastle hit by flooding which sees ten people rescued from a bus

Monday July 27, 2020 - 10:41 EST
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The dangerous low pressure system caused flooding in Newcastle overnight. - ABC licensed

A group of people have been rescued from a bus which became trapped in floodwaters which have hit Newcastle.

Emergency services were called to the University of Newcastle at Callaghan just before 5:30pm to find water halfway up the bus.

The State Emergency Service used an inflatable boat to rescue the ten people trapped on the bus.

Flash flooding across Newcastle has sparked a wave of requests for help, including eight flood rescues, according to the SES.

SES unit controller Ian Robinson said the rescues involved flooded houses and people trapped in flooded cars, including at the University of Newcastle, on Turton Road and on Maitland Road.

He said the organisation had six calls for flood support at 4:00pm, which increased to 73 by 5:30pm.

The Bureau of Meteorology has issued a severe weather warning for locations that could include Newcastle, Gosford, Sydney, Wollongong, Nowra and Batemans Bay.

In the two hours to 4:35pm on Sunday, 70mm of rain fell at Williamtown and 74mm fell in the two hours to 5:13pm at Newcastle TAFE.

The low pressure system is deepening off the NSW North Coast and is expected to move south in the coming days.

Newcastle MP Tim Crakanthorp posted on Twitter video from outside the Mayfield Hotel where he said floodwaters had begun to make their way into the pub.


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