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Flood Rescues And Warnings Issued Across Sydney And The Illawarra

Emergency services in New South Wales have been working overnight to carry out dozens of flood rescues across Sydney and the Illawarra region following heavy rainfall. 

Flood warnings remain in place for various areas, including Sydney and Goulburn.

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The NSW State Emergency Service (SES) has responded to 365 incidents over the past two days, including 49 flood rescues in Sydney, Illawarra, and the south coast. 

The Wollongong area has been hit hard by the flood, with Cringila receiving 213 millimetres of rain overnight, while Port Kembla recorded 202 millimetres.

In southern Sydney, SES crews conducted five flood rescues, primarily involving individuals who had attempted to drive through floodwaters. 

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Flood warnings are currently in effect for multiple suburbs across southern Sydney and Goulburn. 

Residents in Camden, Menangle, and around the Milperra Bridge in Chipping Norton have been advised to prepare for potential evacuations.

Additionally, a watch and act warning has been issued for residents along the Wollondilly River in Goulburn.

Senior Forecaster Angus Hynes said: “For the second half of the day today, the focal point of rain will become the South Coast of NSW.”

“Those spots around the Illawarra and Sydney might see a further shower this afternoon, but the intensity and persistence of the rain should dial right back,” Mr Hynes said.

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