The Australian Defense Force has been called in to help with rescues across New South Wales as the state braces for more wild weather and flooding.
SES NSW is telling people at the Western Plains Tourist Park in Dubbo to evacuate immediately and residents of Gronos Point must leave this morning.
A low pressure system located off the NSW central coast will deepen as it moves east further off the coast during Sunday.
Forecasters are predicting damaging winds, averaging 60 to 70 km/h with peak gusts in excess of 90 km/h along the NSW east coast.
While heavy rainfall is expected to taper off today, more than 60 flood warnings are still in effect and a flood watch will be in effect for much of the state.
SES NSW worked through the night, responding to 658 calls for help and carrying out 21 flood rescues.
Pictures taken from Otford and Helensburgh show firefighters rescuing a local man who was trapped on the roof of his car.
A dangerous surf warning is in effect for the Macquarie Coast, Hunter Coast, Sydney Coast and Illawarra Coast.
NSW was hit with massive rain on Saturday night after a massive 400km swath swept east-west across the state.
As the evening approached, residents were warned to brace for flash flooding, mudslides and strong winds as a low pressure system dumped rain across large parts of the state.
Residents of the East Coast were warned that heavy wet conditions could persist for weeks and months.
As of Saturday afternoon, there were 63 flood warnings in place and levees and rivers still full after recent flooding.
On the eve of the significant event, residents of the entire state were warned about the risk of flash flooding.
“We are expecting heavy rainfall in Sydney overnight as it moves in from the west, so there is a significant risk of flash flooding across our state,” Premier Dominic Perrottet said on Saturday afternoon.
“We have a situation now where our dams are full, our rivers are full, so with heavy rain expected, we ask everyone to continue to be cautious.
“If these flood warnings are in effect, please continue to follow directions, be prepared and be prepared if evacuation is required.”
Flooding forced Saturday’s iconic Top 10 Bathurst Shootout to be canceled due to dangerous course conditions caused by torrential rain at Mt Panorama.
The iconic one-lap qualifying event was due to start at around 17:00 (AEDT), but race organizers deemed the track too wet to drive on.
This comes after the city broke its annual rainfall record of 2194mm earlier this week.
The SES issued its first evacuation order on Saturday evening, advising residents to leave the Oura Beach campsite, west of Wagga Wagga, by 9am on Sunday.
“You should evacuate by now because flooding in the area and the access road may be stopped,” the SES said in a warning.
Originally published as ADF calls for help as locals brace for more wild weather and flooding