Residents in one major capital city are on edge after extreme weather conditions made it almost impossible for them to travel, with more heavy rainfall predicted in the days ahead.
On Tuesday morning, Sydneysiders woke to find public transport routes had been delayed, as the SES responded to 17 more flood-related calls.
The rain is predicted to return along with “possibly severe” thunderstorms across NSW, sparking concerns from the SES.
In Sydney, wet conditions are predicted until Thursday, and Monday’s weather system is slowly moving north to the Central Coast and Hunter areas.
Severe Thunderstorm Warning for DAMAGING WINDS for people in parts of North West Slopes and Plains and Northern Tablelands Forecast Districts. Locations which may be affected include #Inverell, #Tamworth, #Gunnedah, #Moree, #Narrabri and #Bingara.https://t.co/qRvQVnsCd5pic.twitter.com/cTOKHNpq1f
— NSW SES (@NSWSES) January 30, 2023
NSW SES Assistant Commissioner Nicole Hogan said volunteers had responded to as many as 304 phone calls since 2pm on Monday, with 272 calls for help within the Sydney Metro area.
She said motorists had also become trapped in their vehicles, especially in Milperra and Camden, with four cars reportedly stuck on the M5 off-ramp.
“All of these rescues occurred in quick succession from around 5.30pm onwards as commuters were on the road in peak-hour traffic,” Ms Hogan said.
According to the SES, rescues from flash flooding were reported in Fairfield, Warwick Farm, Milperra, Merrylands, Guildford, Granville and Auburn.
Flash flooding is causing havoc for morning commuters. Picture: NSW SES/Facebook
NSW residents are urged to prepare for “unsettled weather” and storms throughout the week.
Ms Hogan reminded residents to keep up to date with recent warnings and to monitor conditions before driving anywhere.
“If you come across a flooded road, the best advice is to turn around and find an alternative route,” she said.
“You should also seek shelter at higher ground if you can.”
For emergency help in floods and storms, call the NSW SES on 132 500.
NSW TrainLink warned travellers to prepare for delays due to the weather and asked them to find alternative transport if possible.
#SouthernHighlandsLine Allow plenty of extra travel time due to severe weather conditions.
Delay travel if possible or consider using other transport.
Further information will be provided as it becomes available. pic.twitter.com/N5C1g4UriO
— NSW TrainLink South (@TrainLinkSouth) January 30, 2023
Flooding in Olympic Park is impacting railway tracks, and commuters are expected to endure 20-minute delays.
Trains are running late due to flooding on the tracks at Olympic Park.
Please allow up to 20 minutes extra travel time, listen to announcements and check transport apps for updates.
DM/Tweet us for any travel assistance. pic.twitter.com/2qDUwyHzkY
— T7 Sydney Trains (@T7SydneyTrains) January 30, 2023
On Monday night, Marrickville line passengers were asked to find alternative transport after flooding had impacted the track.
Those looking to catch a train in weather-affected areas on Tuesday morning are reminded to expect delays and listen for any updates on the situation.
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