Hundreds of Sydney storm damage cleanup work begins after torrential rains

Major storm cleanup efforts are underway in parts of sydney after massive amounts of precipitation over the past two days have caused extensive damage to homes and roads.

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.

An aerial view of a large fallen tree on a residential property in Guildford, Sydney. The massive tree causing significant damage to several properties. (9News)

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.

The SES crew works to remove a fallen tree from a townhouse in Marsfield, North Shore.
The SES team works to remove a fallen tree from a townhouse in Marsfield. (9News)
A tree fell on a townhouse in Marsfield after rain and thunderstorms rolled through Sydney.
Marsfield’s work is just one of 800 calls the SES has received in the past 24 hours. (9News)

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.

The decline in water caused by flash flood reveals cracked roads, abandoned cars, waterlogged basements and various forms of debris in Sydney.

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.

It will take some time before Cattai Ridge Road in Maralya is repaired and brought back online.
It will take some time before Cattai Ridge Road in Maralya is repaired and brought back online. (Hills Police Area Command)
Floodwaters washed away part of the road in Sydney's northwest.
Floodwaters washed away part of the road in Sydney’s northwest. (Hills Police Area Command)

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.”

The Central Coast Highway at Gosford is closed after a flash flood.
The Central Coast Highway in Gosford was closed after a flash flood yesterday. (NBN)

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.

A car is swallowed by water after heavy rain caused flash flooding in Canterbury.
A car is swallowed by water after heavy rain caused flash flooding in Canterbury. (Canterbury NSW SES Unit)
SES volunteers tend to a flooded basement in Canterbury.
SES volunteers tend to a flooded basement in Canterbury. (Canterbury NSW SES Unit)
Volunteers place sandbags outside businesses in Bronte as a blocked drain causes water to rise.
Volunteers place sandbags outside businesses in Bronte as a blocked drain causes water to rise. (NSW Unit SES Waverley Woollahra)

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.

Floodwaters washed away part of the road in Sydney's northwest.

Roads washed out by torrential rain in Sydney

“Obviously if you come across a flooded road, pull over. Turn around and find another route.

“Our volunteers are there to try to save as many people as possible. We don’t want to put their lives…in danger.”

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