The NSW State Emergency Service (SES) witnessed several scenes where trees had fallen causing damage to residential properties.
Residents of Sydney’s Guildford suburb made a lucky escape when a large gum tree fell across two adjacent backyards, crushing roof tiles and a fence on its way down.
Experts say the tree broke loose from the saturated ground due to continuous torrential rains.
No one was injured in the incident.
SES crews were also called to a scene in Marsfield on the north coast this morning to help remove a fallen tree atop a townhouse.
Marsfield’s work is just one of 800 calls the SES has received in the past 24 hours.
Flash flooding closed Wakefield Parkway on the northern beaches and swept council-bound trash onto the streets of Wolli Creek.
The Bureau of Meteorology (BoM) noted that although the worst is over, people can “expect rainfall and storms” in the coming days.
A severe thunderstorm warning put in place for the Illawarra suburbs of Wollongong, Nowra, Port Kembla, Albion Park, Kiama and Huskisson has been cancelled.
A month of rain fell within hours in parts of the city yesterday and while the BoM noted the worst was over, it also said people can ‘expect rainfall and storms’ in the next days.
Since 9am this morning, Parramatta has received an additional 74mm of rain, while 15.8mm has fallen on Lake Macquarie.
Chief Meteorologist Jonathan How said continued rain on already wet ground will increase the risk of flash flooding this week.
“We are likely to see showers continuing into the weekend with another 10-20mm over the next few days, but for those in Sydney we expect showers to continue through the end of the week. next,” Mr. How said. Today this morning.
“So another eight to ten days of fairly wet and cool conditions.
“Fortunately, over the next few days the rain won’t be as heavy, but the ground is so saturated, so be careful in low areas.”
Several flood watches are still in place for the central coast, which was hit hard by rain yesterday.
The Paroo, Darling, Lachlan and Tuggerah rivers are of concern.
The rain made for a “busy few days”, the NSW State Emergency Services (SES) said.
More than 110mm of rain fell in Marrickville, including 98mm in just two hours yesterday afternoon, while in western Sydney more than 87mm of rain fell in Toongabbie.
Yesterday generated more than 600 calls for help.
These mainly concerned leaking roofs and flood rescues, said Allison Flaxman, NSW SES deputy area commander, urging people to avoid flood waters.
“Please just drive according to the road conditions.
Roads washed out by torrential rain in Sydney
“Our volunteers are there to try to save as many people as possible. We don’t want to put their lives…in danger.”