It has been raining in local communities since Thursday, but parts of the east coast were flooded by a large dam on Saturday, causing rivers to swell and flash flood.
The state of New South Wales and the federal government have signed 16 natural disaster notices along the central and north central coasts, from Hunter Valley near Sydney to Coffs Harbor, Service Minister David Elliott, South Emergency Officer, told a news conference. . Sunday.
No deaths have been reported so far – however, Elliott warned, “we are approaching an inevitable death.”
“We can’t say enough: don’t put yourself at risk, and don’t risk the agencies there to help you with the flood relief.”
Some families have been forced to evacuate by midnight as rivers reach dangerous levels, and as many as 4,000 – mostly in the Hawksbury area – may be forced to evacuate on Sunday, according to a press conference by state Prime Minister Gladys Brigillian.
“It’s like what we’ve seen since the 1960s,” Brigilian said. In some parts of the severely affected state, this is an event that only happens once a century. In other areas, such as Hawksbury, “an event has taken place in 50 years,” he said.
Since Thursday, the state emergency service (SES) has responded to more than 7,000 calls for help and carried out more than 750 rescue operations in the event of a flood. Thousands of rescuers and volunteers are still on the ground to help people trapped.
Perkillian asked residents to follow local guidelines, close roads and respond to evacuation orders when needed – even those living in flood-prone areas may have experienced flooding in the past. “It’s different,” he warned. “What we do is different from what I have experienced over the last 50 years. So take it seriously.”
Authorities do not yet know how many homes or infrastructure have been lost, but “the damage is significant,” he said.
Elliott said the announcement of a natural disaster could spread to the coast if the damage increased. Advertising helps victims to receive financial assistance, including compensation for damage to homes, subsidies for damaged livestock or agriculture, and low or interest loans.
Heavy rain is expected to continue next week, with a wave of rain expected across the western state, which will bring heavy rain to the northern interior and northwest slopes, Agatha Imelska of the Meteorological Office said. The worst-affected areas can see more than twice the monthly average for March in two days.
Wednesday will be the first day of a few breaks and light rain is expected.