‘The threat is not over’: Flooded communities in Victoria and NSW brace for more rain
The low-pressure system will be followed by more rain over the weekend for central and eastern parts of the state.
In Echuca, locals have spent days building a two-kilometre makeshift flood levee through the town to protect thousands of homes and businesses.
CFA crews work to sandbag Campaspe Esplanade in the town of Echuca, Victoria. Source: AAP / BRENDAN MCCARTHY
But the sandbag wall may not be enough to stop the predicted floodwaters, Tim Wiebusch from the State Emergency Service said.
Kerang residents have been told it is too late to leave after a bridge connecting the town to a major highway was closed on Wednesday night.
Eighteen volunteers from the Queensland SES have been deployed across Victoria, while up to 400 ADF personnel are also helping with sandbag distribution and doorknocking.
Minor flooding predicted for western Sydney
Storms are expected to move towards the coast on Friday and are set to continue for days.
Residents are again being warned of rising waters in Sydney’s flood-prone Hawkesbury-Nepean region. Source: AAP / BIANCA DE MARCHI
“Another low pressure system is set to form over southern NSW and that will drive further showers and storms into mid-next week,” Bureau of Meteorology senior meteorologist Jonathan How said.
“Catchments are very wet and most dams are at or near capacity,” the bureau said.
Hundreds of people have been ordered to evacuate Moama and surrounds this week.
At Warren, where the Macquarie River has been at major levels for weeks, renewed rises are likely.