About 30,000 people have been impacted by the flooding event across Sydney, the Hunter and Illawarra, with 71 evacuation orders in place, ABC News has reported.
There were 83 rescues since 9pm last night and 1,593 requests for assistance across the state. The Hawkesbury, Nepean and Colo rivers have flooded due to the persistent rain.
This comes as NSW Minister for Flood Recovery, Steph Cooke, warned Sydneysiders the worst was not over yet.
“Sydney so far has missed out on the worst but it doesn’t mean it’s out of the woods yet. We still have broad warnings from just south of Nowra all the way up to just south of Newcastle at the moment,” Ms Cooke said.
She said there had been 184 registrations at evacuation centres, with 68 people in emergency accommodation.
NSW Premier, Dominic Perrottet, said he had requested 100 more Australian Defence Force officers, with 100 currently assisting rescues across north-west Sydney.
Greater Sydney residents have been warned to avoid travel and check the SES website for evacuation orders.
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