The inhabitants of Sydney's northwest have been ordered to leave their homes "immediately" due to the threat from flooding caused by heavy rains that are battering Australia's East coast.
The order to evacuate was issued in the middle of the night local time and covers 12 areas of the State of New South water, of which the City of Sydney is the capital.
The Warregamba Dam, which provides much of the water supply for Sydney, spilled over on Saturday afternoon. This has in turn led to a dramatic rise in the levels of the Nepean and Hawkeswbury rivers.
The NSW State Emergency Service issued this warning on Sunday:
The assistant commissioner at NSW’s State Emergency Services, Dean Storey, said people living in evacuation zones “must leave immediately”.
“This is a very serious situation”
“All communities need to be aware of their risk, and plan and prepare accordingly.”
The Premier of NSW, Gladys Berejiklian, has called the flooding a "once in a hundred years event".
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