Australia: Thousands of residents called to evacuate in Sydney because of floods
by Renju Jose
SYDNEY (Reuters) – Tens of thousands of Sydney residents were given new evacuation orders on Monday as incessant rain led to flooding for the third time this year in some low-lying suburbs.
Heavy rain is expected Monday in New South Wales, on the country’s east coast, after several places in the state were hit by a month’s worth of rain over the weekend.
Since Sunday, nearly 30,000 residents of the state of New South Wales have been ordered to evacuate or have been warned that they may receive evacuation orders.
Frustration has escalated in several western suburbs of Sydney, Australia’s biggest city, after floods submerged homes, farms and bridges.
“It’s devastating. We are in disbelief,” said Theresa Fedeli, Mayor of Camden.
“Most of them have just recovered from the last flood, repaired their homes, their businesses and unfortunately we tell them it is going to happen again,” she added.
In many areas, more than 200mm of rain fell, up to 350mm since Saturday for some.
Some areas could approach or exceed flood levels seen in March 2021, and March and April this year, the weather bureau warned. The risk of major flooding remains, although the unstable weather system may weaken through Monday.
“It has been very difficult, for many months, to have one flood after another. It makes it more difficult,” Dominic Perrottet, Premier of New South Wales, said during a briefing. TV press.
Paul O’Neill, a resident of Wisemans Ferry affected by the floods, said he was bringing food by boat to his family, stranded following an access cut linked to the rising waters.
“The road has collapsed and hasn’t been repaired since the last flooding, it hasn’t been touched. So now that they’re closing our road access and then the ferry, the only way to get home is the boat,” O’Neill told Reuters.
(Reporting Renju Jose and Jill Gralow; French version Charlotte Lavin, editing by Kate Entringer)
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