Record breaking rainfall in New South Wales

28 July 2020

Written by: Esther Rubio Campos

15,000 properties in Shoalhaven were left without power following heavy rainfall

A low-pressure system continues to cause damage in New South Wales, the system is now affecting the state’s South Coast, breaking rainfall records and strong winds have prompted power outages and evacuations.

Severe weather warnings were issued for several regions across NSW and the ACT before being cancelled this morning.

Emergency crews are still working on restoring electricity this morning to more than 6,000 residents.

A spokesman for Endeavour Energy told The Guardian residents were concerned about the power outages with more than 200 electrical hazards reported since this morning.

“Unfortunately this means that some customers will be without power overnight due to the scale of the damage, ongoing bad weather and road closures from flooding,” the power company said.

There have been 2,000 State Emergency Service call-outs since Saturday, including several rescues of people trapped in their vehicles.

One of the most notable being a rescue at the University of Newcastle at Callaghan where water was halfway up a bus. SES used an inflatable boat to get the 10 people to safety.

Flood evacuation orders are in place for Sussex Inlet. Nearby, Batemans Bay recorded 164mm of rainfall, the highest for the month of July in the region. Ulladula and Williamtown also had their wettest day in years.

The low-pressure system will be moving towards the southeast Victoria. According to the Bureau of Meteorology, the immediate threat has passed, but the situation will continue to be monitored.

Flood warnings have been issued for Wollombi Brook, Deua River, Belubula River, St Georges Basin and the Snowy River. Additionally a hazardous surf warning has been issued for the whole state.

 


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