It never rains, it pours… as the east coast floods have now potentially turned deadly with a man trapped in a tree for 10 hours and a Queensland couple missing in the floodwaters.
Tens of thousands of NSW residents are still without electricity and torrential rain is expected to bring more heavy flooding with rivers rising to their highest levels in years.
While most of the long-running east-coast fires that have blighted our summer are now officially-out, strong winds and damaging surf at the weekend are making their way out of eastern NSW and into Victoria’s bushfire-hit regions.
In Sydney, police divers are searching for a man who is missing after his car was swept-off a causeway into floodwaters at Galston Gorge north of Sydney.
The downpours have been so severe that people are being evacuated from low-lying areas north and south of Sydney because of the threat of life-threatening flash flooding.
Transport NSW said flooding, blacked-out traffic lights, and road damages had caused closures in inner Sydney, the city’s west and north of NSW.
The Department of Education has shut 54 schools across the state, including at Narrabeen, Picton, Gosford, Wyong, Penrith and Paramatta.
A man has been rescued after he was trapped by rising floodwaters and forced to cling to a tree for more than 10 hours in southern NSW.
The State Emergency Service (SES) said the man entered the Brogo River at Tarraganda, near Bega, about 6pm yesterday before being swept downstream.
The man grabbed hold of a tree and clung on for more than 10 hours until a passer-by spotted him at 4am today and alerted authorities. An SES crew used a boat to rescue the man about an hour later.
A man and a woman, who were last seen pushing their car through floodwaters at Nanango in Queensland’s South Burnett region are also missing.
Police said the pair were seen pushing a black Ford Falcon in floodwaters at Nanango on the Burnett Highway just after 8pm. The car was later found abandoned.
Officers conducted extensive searches overnight and want anyone who may have given the couple a lift, or know their whereabouts to contact them.
Evacuation orders are still in place for Moorebank, Pitt Town Bottoms, Richmond Lowlands, and low-lying areas near the Georges River.