and wind continue to batter southern New South Wales, Victoria and
Tasmania, with a king tide adding to the coastal destruction in NSW.
at Sydney's Collaroy Beach has forced the evacuation of multi-million
dollar homes, which are now in danger of collapsing.
storms cut power to 86,000 homes in NSW at the weekend.
Monday morning, a man's body was found in the Cotter River near
Canberra. Police said the 37-year-old was caught in floodwaters at a
divers have also retrieved the bodies of two men whose cars were
washed off roads in separate incidents.
65-year-old man was caught inside his vehicle at Bowral, while
another man was killed after his utility vehicle was washed off the
road on Sydney's south-west fringe.
warnings have been issued across several states, with northern
Tasmania facing its worst flooding in decades on Monda
elderly people have been reported missing in Tasmania, with grave
fears for their safety.
evacuated in NSW
NSW, as towns from Lismore in the north to Wollongong and south-west
Sydney dealt with flooding, a number of houses and a unit block were
evacuated on Sydney's northern beaches when the wild weather battered
were removed from about seven houses and the unit block in Collaroy
as large waves up to 8m high continued to erode the coast, crossing
50m over the coastal road, police said.
number of properties had been damaged with backyards washed away,
of the properties along that strip actually lost an entire in-ground
pool which had moved above 5m out to sea," Inspector Jason
submerge a road after the Georges River burst its banks in
Sydney. Photo: AFP
resident Adam Deere-Jones and his family stayed with relatives after
the Narrabeen Lagoon burst its banks and threatened to flood his
was pretty scary. It all happened pretty quickly," he said.
night, a number of sinkholes opened up along the foreshore and
emergency services worked into the night to save the homes.
local resident, David, said the erosion was immense.
is no beach at Collaroy," he said. "I wouldn't be calling
it Collaroy Beach anymore, I'd be calling it Collaroy Point."
Eastern Suburbs were also badly hit, with Coogee's historic surf club
suffering extensive damage. The club, which has stood since 1907, is
now at risk of collapse.
warnings still in place
NSW, 21 flood warnings were in place and thousands were without power
Lismore, the river peaked at 9.1m, damaging roads, parks and
infrastructure, although newly installed levees on the Wilson River
prevented more widespread damage to property.
Sydney's west and south-west, residents were evacuated from low-lying
areas near the Georges River, Chipping Norton, Milperra, and Picton
due to flooding, and several roads in the area were closed.
Picton, about 30 businesses were flooded after 2m of water swept
through the town last night, coating properties in mud.
near the Nepean River in Sydney's west and south-west were also
watching river levels, with several properties affected in Camden.
Perkins, from Australia's Bureau of Meteorology (BoM), said there
were still areas of concern in Sydney and in the state's far south.
ferry terminal was submerged by the overflowing Parramatta river in
Sydney yesterday. Photo: AFP
got major flooding or a major flood warning for the Nepean and a
minor but pushing major for the Hawkesbury as well as the Georges
River," Mr Perkins said.
got moderate in the Bombala River in the Snowys, Moruya as well as
the Shoalhaven, Queanbeyan and Molonglo."
the Central Coast, Terrigal was badly hit by the tidal surge when the
rising lagoon forced the evacuation of a motel.
large number of main roads, including across the Sydney metropolitan
area, were not in use.
Monday afternoon, there had been about 10,000 calls for assistance
statewide, NSW's State Emergency Service said.
in the Lisbon area were severely flooded, stranding residents and
livestock. Photo: ABC / Screenshot
heaviest rainfall in Sydney's metropolitan area was Ingleburn in the
south-west, with 379mm falling.
the South Coast, Jervis Bay received 400mm while Robertson in the
Southern Highlands received 618m.
grew up in a town called Parkes in the Central West and that's our
annual rainfall in a weekend," said another BoM forecaster, Rob
Taggart. "It's quite unbelievable."
Coffs Harbour, huge waves that caused damage to the marina on
Saturday continued into Sunday.
reaching 11m bashed the pontoon and sank two more yachts on Sunday
system was on its way south, with the clean-up starting in Sydney and
NSW's north coast.
wild weather to come
weather system had extended down to Tasmania, with an "exceptional"
swell up to 8m due to hit Tasmania's north-east on Monday.
state was predicted to receive up to 200mm of rain in the coming
days, with warnings of flash flooding.
evacuation centres were opened overnight to assist residents affected
by flooding along the Mersey River, at Wynard Railway Institute Hall
and East Davenport Recreation Ground.
rain and flash flooding was also expected to hit East Gippsland,
MetService website said a complex trough was expected to approach New
Zealand on Wednesday, with a moderate likelihood of heavy rain around
Westland, Fiordland, the Otago and Canterbury headwaters and Buller
over the following three days.