Sydneysiders have been severely affected by flash floods that hit the city on Tuesday. The storm led to the closure of roads as well as caused damage to properties. In addition, it also led to the delay in flight schedules at the Sydney airport.
Motorists have experienced huge delays on roads because of water logging. A large number of roads have been affected in the western suburb of the city. These included parts of Parramatta Road and James Ruse Drive. Only one westbound lane has been kept open on the Anzac Bridge being used by commuters. Motorists have been asked to go slow on road and be careful. Buses across the city have also witnessed lengthy delays because of the flash floods.
The Bureau of Meteorology confirmed the news and also issued a warning of flash flooding and damaging winds in suburbs close to the airport. Such areas include Botany, Randwick and Maroubra. Most of the effect of flash floods in Sydney has been observed in Penrith, Campbelltown, Port Kembla, Wollongong, and Parramatta. Marrickville experienced 49mm fall in one hour while Canterbury witnessed 45 mm fall. Observatory Hill also saw 51 mm of total fall with the level decreasing to 35 mm within an hour.
Emergency crews reached the spot. SES Spokeswoman Becky Gollings said that the staff members have handled 13 different flash floods rescue operations across the city, including Glebe, Zetland, Alexandria, and Marrickville. “All of those rescues have involved people caught in their cars in floodwater,” she said. “The water did rise quite rapidly we had quite a downpour over a matter of hours really, causing roads to flood quite quickly. It’s concerning for us that people are putting themselves in danger. We just want them to stay out of floodwaters.”
At the city’s airport, the flight schedules were normal but the travellers have been told to expect delays. Sydney Airport saw 26 mm rainfall in an hour at around 10 am. The flash floods have also caused cancellation of light rail services between Central and Dulwich Hill.
Effect of Sydney Flash Floods on Court Proceedings
The flash floods in Sydney have not only disturbed the commuters and residents but also caused a delay in legal proceedings. According to News.com.au, a minimum of two murder trials was suspended at the NSW Supreme Court. The delay has come following the evacuation of the King Street building as water logged and streamed down the stairs. The spokeswoman from SES confirmed that two rescues had already been completed.