Yesterday, we sweated through (another) 34-degrees. Today, we’re ploughing through floodwaters, with the NSW Minister for Roads urging people to stay off the streets.
Sydney’s extreme heat wave was today followed by flash flooding that saw nearly 50mm of rain fall in one hour this morning.
The extreme rainfall has been wreaking havoc with roads, compounded by a number of traffic signals going out. Anzac Bridge, in particular, should still be avoided afterfour lanes closed earlier today. Parramatta Road near Flood Street (seriously) in Leichhardt is also affected, as well as James Ruse Drive near Pennant Hills Road.
The Bureau of Meterology has cancelled its severe thunderstorm warning, but NSW Roads Minister Melinda Pavey is urging motorists to reconsider their need to drive this afternoon until the waters clear.
Fire and Rescue NSW says the front of a house has collapsed on Champion Road in Tennyson Point, near Gladesville. Up to 100 people have evacuated from an apartment building in Marrickville due to fears it would collapse.
This is what SES has achieved today:
Hundreds of images have surfaced on social media of the extensive damage as well as the smaller, more human moments in the flood.