Sydney Flooding Follows Coastal Storm

June 27, 2013; 7:01 AM
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Flood warnings have been posted for some Sydney area rivers after a strong winter storm lashed Australia's southeast coast.

Runoff from the rain-soaked Blue Mountains sent flood water over the Warragamba Dam spillway, prompting authorities to issue a warning for the Nepean River, according to The Australian website on Wednesday.

Minor to moderate flooding was forecast into Thursday with authorities cautioning that two area bridges might need to be closed. The affected Hawkesbury region lies west of Sydney.

At least two other rivers in eastern New South Wales, the Georges and the Shoalhaven, were also under warning for minor flooding.

Major coastal storm at top strength off eastern Australia Tuesday, June 25, 2013. At the time, it lashed the Sydney area with flooding rain and slashing winds.

Tuesday, two people were rescued from a car stranded in floodwaters at Tarago, the Australian said.

The storm, which began Monday, led to the closing of the Blue Mountains National Park.

The storm poured more than 5 inches of rain on Sydney's international airport. The storm left more than the average month of June rainfall here.

Meanwhile, much higher falls were registered elsewhere in the region. Rainfall of at least 10 inches since Monday was reported from the Shoalhaven and St. Georges basins, the Australian Bureau of Meteorology website showed. At one spot in the Kangaroo Valley, southwest of Wollongong, a rain gauge collected about 17 inches of rain since the start of the week.

After a lull in the rain, more wet weather was forecast to target the Sydney area at the weekend, although meteorologists were not expecting excessive rainfall.


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