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NSW Prime Minister warns of ‘tough summer’ | UKTN newspaper


NSW emergency services are preparing for a “difficult summer” as multiple weather systems move across the state and days of heavy rain fall on already saturated watersheds.

A succession of three rainfall systems this week will send downpours across much of the eastern part of the country, with parts of NSW’s interior already hit by rain and thunderstorms.

“It will be a difficult week, but above all a difficult summer and major floods are expected,” Prime Minister Dominic Perrottet told reporters on Wednesday.

“Our rivers and dams are full, which creates a significant risk of flooding that puts people’s lives and property at risk,” he said.

“There will be many challenges as we move through this period, but our focus is that a government needs to save lives, protect property, and our SES volunteers are doing a great job,” said Perrottet.

SES crews were busy preparing communities near swollen rivers and dams for the onslaught of rain later in the week, the prime minister said.

He urged people to avoid risks and follow the SES instructions.

Assistant SES Commissioner Sean Kearns said he was concerned about western and southwestern parts of the state as more rain falls on soggy watersheds.

“This will affect communities that have already been hit by flooding in the past two months,” he told UKTN TV on Wednesday.

“What we’re going to see is significant amounts of rain, sometimes the monthly rainfall in just a few days, if not more.”

There are particular concerns around the Gunnedah, Wee Waa, Warren, Bathurst, UKTN, Gundagai, Tumut and Wagga Wagga areas, areas.

The school holidays mean a lot of people are traveling in areas they may not know.

“So really consider the conditions, pay close attention to caravan parks and camping areas, they are often next to rivers,” said Mr Kearns.

He also warned race-goers heading to Mount Panorama for the Bathurst 1000 this weekend to watch for conditions and follow SES cues amid concerns that the Macquarie River could be hit by moderate to major flooding. .

The warning comes as NSW enters its third consecutive La Nina season.

Severe falls and thunderstorms with the potential for flash flooding are expected Wednesday in western parts of the Riverina and Central West Slopes and Plains as a trough drags moisture across NSW interior.

A severe warning of heavy rainfall covers much of the western part of the state, from Nyngan in the central north to Deniliquin at the Victorian border to Broken Hill in the central west.

Inland towns keeping tabs on flooding include Deniliquin, Griffith, Hay, Tibooburra, Cobar, Bourke, Broken Hill, Wentworth, and Brewarrina.

Dangerous surf and swells are expected on the coasts of Macquarie, Hunter, Sydney, Illawarra, Batemans and Eden on Wednesday.

A second trough will bring storms, rain and heavy eruptions from Queensland to southern Victoria from Thursday evening to Friday.

Finally, a third rain system will pass over southern Queensland, NSW and eastern Victoria on Saturday and Sunday.

Flood warnings are current in many inland watersheds, including the Namoi, Macquarie, Bogan, Lachlan, Murrumbidgee, Murray, Edward, Culgoa, Birrie, Bokhara, Warrego, Paroo, Barwon, Darling and Snowy rivers, rivers.

A flood watch has also been issued for rivers closer to the coast, including the Hunter, Hawkesbury and Colo rivers, and Wollombi Brook, with surges expected over the weekend.




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