Saturday, August 8, 2020

South Coast flood warnings issued, Double Bay sinkhole consumes truck

South Coast flood warnings issued, Double Bay sinkhole consumes truck

A Woollahra Council spokesperson said no one was injured but there was an understanding it could take “some time” to fix.

Sydney Water will be conducting emergency repairs on the main and removing the truck, the spokesperson said. The truck was removed before 10.30am.

Nearby residents told the Herald they did not have water and were told it was unlikely to be turned on for another 24 to 48 hours.

A spokesperson for Sydney Water said it would depend on the complexity of the issue.

Oxford Falls Road was closed in both directions at Wakehurst Parkway due to flooding on Tuesday morning, after previously flooding on Monday morning.

On the South Coast, residents of Sussex Inlet were directed to evacuate on Monday night, following a moderate flood warning for the St Georges Basin. Minor flood warnings are also in place for the Bega River and the Deua River at Wamban.

The Illawarra Highway remained closed at Albion Park between the Princes Highway and Taylor Road on Tuesday morning due to flooding.

The NSW State Emergency Service has reminded people never to drive or walk through floodwaters after a partially submerged truck was rescued near Shoalhaven overnight.

The organisation attended 242 requests for assistance overnight, largely in the South Coast region.

SES spokesperson David Webber said people from areas that were affected by last summer’s bushfire season should be particularly careful when flooding occurs.

“When trees have been affected by fire, they can become more unstable, so people need to be aware of that,” he said.

A minor flood warning is in place for the Belubula River in the state’s Central West.

Work began to restore power to 6000 Shoalhaven residents on Tuesday morning, after heavy rain and wind brought down power lines in the region.

Endeavour Energy crews from the Illawarra and western Sydney were brought in to work in the region after 8500 residents went to bed without power on Monday night.


Since 9am on Saturday, observation sites such as Nowra and Jervis Bay Airfield have recorded well over 300 millimetres of rain. Between 9am on Monday and 7am on Tuesday, more than 182 millimetres of rain was recorded at Island Point Road, at the St Georges Basin south of Nowra.

The Woronora Dam in Sydney’s south recorded a 4.2 per cent increase in the week to Monday.

Sydney’s highest falls on Monday were seen in the eastern suburbs, with 48 millimetres falling at Little Bay, near Randwick and 45 millimetres at Rose Bay.

Wahroonga, on the upper north shore, has had more than 142 millimetres since Saturday, with Sydney soaked by heavy falls over Sunday and Monday night.

There were damaging surf conditions across the state on Monday, with erosion observed at Narrabeen on Sydney’s northern beaches and waves of 10 metres recorded at Batemans Bay.

Beach damage in Narrabeen on Tuesday morning after overnight powerful surf and high tides.
Credit:Nick Moir

A hazardous surf warning remains in place along the coastline from the Hunter to Eden.

Bureau of Meteorology forecaster Jordan Notara said Sydney and southern parts of the state would experience heavier rainfall on Tuesday morning before conditions eased.

“Generally it’s going to be a windy day, but we are going to see the showers push further north during the afternoon period,” he said.

“The weather is going to be on an easing trend from now.”

with Laura Chung

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