Hundreds of homes have been flooded in Australia’s largest city and its surroundings in a flood emergency that has caused problems for 50,000 people, officials said.
The emergency response team rescued 100 people trapped in cars on flooded roads and flooded homes in the Sydney area overnight, said Ashley Sullivan, state emergency services manager.
The days of heavy rains flooded dams, broke waterways and broke embankments, causing a fourth flood emergency in parts of a city of 5 million people in 16 months.
According to New South Wales Prime Minister Dominic Perrott, evacuation orders and warnings to prepare for abandoning homes were given to 32,000 to 50,000 people on Monday.
“This event isn’t over yet. Don’t be content wherever you are. Be careful when driving our roads. There is still a considerable risk of flash floods across our state,” Perotet said. Says.
The Government of New South Wales declared a disaster overnight in 23 local governments and activated federal financial support for flood victims.
Emergency Services Minister Steph Cooke acknowledged rescue team skills and commitment to prevent death or serious injury by the fourth day of a flood emergency.
According to Jonathan Howe, a meteorologist at the Bureau of Meteorology, parts of southern Sydney have rained more than 20 centimeters (about 8 inches) in 24 hours, more than 17% of the city’s annual average.
Heavy rain warnings continued on Tuesday in the eastern suburbs of Sydney. The warning also extended to the Hunter Valley along the north coast of Sydney.
The worst floods were along the Hawkesbury-Nepian River system along the fringes north and west of Sydney.
“Fortunately, it looks almost dry by tomorrow afternoon, but of course it reminds people that these floods remain very high even after the rain stops.” Howe said.
“We see a lot of rain overnight and in fact some rivers peak again. So what to see these floods start to recede, if not a week? It can take days, “how added.
Residents of Lansvale in southwestern Sydney were amazed at the rate at which their area was flooded and the increasing frequency of such floods.
“Well, it happened in 1986 and 1988, then it didn’t happen for 28 years, and so in 2016 and 2020 and now it happened four times this year,” Terry just told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation television. A local inhabitant of Lansvale identified as being flooded in his home.
Stormy weather and mountainous waters along the New South Wales coast hampered plans to tow a damaged cargo ship with a crew of 21 for the safety of the open ocean.
The ship was at risk of being grounded by an 8 meter (26 ft) swell and wind blowing at 30 knots (34 mph) against a cliff after a power outage after leaving the port of Wollongong in southern Sydney on Monday morning. ..
Attempts to tow the vessel to the open sea by tugboat ended late Monday when the towing line broke with an 11-meter (36-foot) swell, according to Philip Holiday, chief executive officer of the Port Authority.
The ship maintained its position farther from the coast on Tuesday with the help of two anchors and two tugs. The original plan was for the ship’s crew to repair the engine at sea. The new plan was to tow the ship to Sydney when weather and sea conditions settled as early as Wednesday, Holiday said.
“We are in a better position than yesterday,” Holiday said. “We are relatively safe.”
Perotet said on Monday that the tugboat crew had reacted to save the ship as “heroic.”
“I would like to thank those men and women who were on their crew last night for the heroic work they did in an incredibly dangerous situation. Having a swell of 11 meters (36 feet). It’s incredibly impressive to experience and perform the job. “
https://www.independent.com.mt/articles/2022-07-05/world-news/Sydney-floods-burden-50-000-around-Australia-s-largest-city-6736244230 Sydney floods bear 50,000 people around Australia’s largest city