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Sydney rain causes flash flooding as some areas get a month's rainfall in 24 hours

Sunday March 17, 2019 - 18:43 EDT
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Some roads in Sydney were flooded, like this one in Bondi - ABC

Parts of Sydney experienced flash flooding on Sunday morning after heavy rains hit the city, with one area receiving almost a month's rain in 24 hours.

A severe weather warning was issued for Sydney, but the heavy rain front that passed over the city eased in the afternoon.

Main roads in the city centre such as Syd Einfeld Drive in Bondi flooded, causing traffic issues.

Little Bay on Sydney's south coast recorded the highest rainfall to 2pm Sunday with 100mm falling since 9am, while Rose Bay, in the city's east, recorded 85mm.

Bureau of Meterology forecaster Zhi-weng Chua said Gosford, on the Central Coast, received 123.8mm in the 24 hours up to 9am.

Its monthly average for March is 149.9mm.

Lucas Heights, in the city's south-west, received 54mm since 9am Sunday.

"The highest rainfall received in the last 24 hours to 9am Sunday has been at Wyoming with 134.5mm," he said.

"The wetter part of the day we expect will be the morning and early afternoon. We do expect shower activity to continue into Monday.

"We've had now two flood rescues, one at Wyong and one at Gosford this morning and both involved cars attempting to drive across flooded roadways."

Mr Chua said there were currently no warnings in place.

"It is heavy rainfall but it hasn't been enough to exceed the threshold.

"We are seeing shower activity, mostly along central coast and Sydney coast."

NSW SES spokesperson Neil Wilblin said it had been a busy morning for volunteers.

"We've had about 260 call outs mainly across the metropolitan area," he said.

"With these widespread showers most of the jobs have been in relation to roof damage, roof leakage, ceilings leaking, sky lights leaking."

On the central coast, emergency workers conducted two rescue operations.


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