Flood warnings are in place for New South Wales and Queensland after heavy rainfall overnight. It comes as the two states received more than a month’s worth of rain in a day.
The deluge has caused Sydney’s Warragamba Dam to hit capacity and begin to spill.
The dam began spilling just after 9 pm last night.
The spill is expected to continue for a week or more.
The NSW Bureau of Meteorology predicted possible flooding along the Hunter River for the Whittingham and Scotts Flat, Glenridding, Dunolly and Combo areas.
“Residents and visitors to these areas should take action now to prepare for possible flood impacts,” a spokesperson said.
“NSW SES is advising residents in low-lying areas of the following locations that they may need to evacuate due to rising floodwater.”
These areas include Whittingham, Scotts Flat, Whittingham Hall via New Freugh Hill via New England Highway and Range Road, Glenridding, Dunolly and Combo.
“Low-lying properties may experience impacts due to flash flooding and/or riverine flooding,” a spokesperson said.
“Storm and flood impacts may interrupt essential services such as electricity, phones, internet, water and sewerage.
“People in these areas need to closely monitor weather and road closures and make informed decisions early based on individual circumstances.
“Residents should monitor the situation and be prepared to evacuate if/when instructed to do so.
“A flood evacuation order will be issued by the NSW SES if and when evacuations are required.”
Residents are asked to monitor the NSW SES and Bureau of Meteorology websites for the latest advice.
Man dies in Queensland
The weather has turned deadly after a man was killed in central Queensland.
The man’s ute was swept away by floodwaters in Hibernia, west of Rockhampton in central Queensland.
A woman is also fighting for life in Sydney after a tree fell on a car at Glen Alpine in the city’s south-west.