NSW floods: 50,000 residents affected by evacuation orders or warnings

By MiNDFOOD

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JULY 04: People view the flooded Windsor Bridge along the Hawkesbury River in the suburb of Windsor, on July 04, 2022 in Sydney, Australia. Thousands of residents were forced to leave their homes overnight and a number of evacuation orders are in place across Sydney as heavy rain and flooding continues. (Photo by Jenny Evans/Getty Images)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JULY 04: People view the flooded Windsor Bridge along the Hawkesbury River in the suburb of Windsor, on July 04, 2022 in Sydney, Australia. Thousands of residents were forced to leave their homes overnight and a number of evacuation orders are in place across Sydney as heavy rain and flooding continues. (Photo by Jenny Evans/Getty Images)

Around 50,000 people in New South Wales have been warned to evacuate or told they may receive evacuation orders by emergency services as heavy rain and strong winds continue across the state. Most of these residents are in Sydney’s western suburbs.

More than 19,000 homes have been left without power in NSW. The SES has answered more than 5,300 calls for help since the beginning of the flooding crisis.

Emergency services made 141 flood rescues overnight on Monday with a further 22 rescues taking place on Tuesday morning.

“This event is far from over, please don’t be complacent,” New South Wales Premier Dominic Perrottet said.

“Wherever you are, please be careful when you’re driving on our roads. There are still substantial risks for flashย flooding.”

 

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