Flash floods have swept away houses and vehicles after extremely heavy rain fell in New South Wales.
Resident Ciara Knox shared a video on Twitter showing a house being swept down the flooded Manning River near the town of Taree.
Photos have also circulated showing vehicles fully submerged in Port Macquarie while some pub patrons were shown enjoying a pint while standing in thigh-high floods.
At least 15 zones have been evacuated after roads were inundated, dams were on the brink of spilling, and at least 30cm of rain were expected to fall again.
“It’s going to keep raining, with heavy rainfall tonight and tomorrow, basically until Tuesday night or Wednesday when the next front comes through and clears out the heavy rainfall,” warned Australian Bureau of Meteorology’s forecaster David Wilke.
Central Wingham and the Wingham Peninsular, Taree Estate, Dumaresq Island and Cundletown, Laurieton, North Haven, Dunbogan and Diamond Head, Kings Point and Macksville, Wauchope and Rawdon Island, Bulahdelah, the Kempsey CBD, the Lower Macleay, and Port Macquarie have been declared as danger zones.
NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian advised those living near the catchment of the Warragamba Dam to remain alert after its levels have been monitored to be dangerously high because of the rain.
Agata Imielska, a senior climatologist with the Australian Bureau of Meteorology said that the flooding was caused by a large amount of rain that has fallen over a short period of time.
NSW emergency services have already set up emergency evacuation centers and reminded residents to leave their homes as soon as possible.
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