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Warning in place for flood-ravaged Hawkesbury-Nepean region


Meteorologist Dean Narramore said a minor flood warning has been issued for the North Richmond area in the Hawkesbury-Nepean region over the next 24 hours.

“Minor flooding is going to cause issues with road closures and the ongoing recovery and clean-up effort in the Hawkesbury and Nepean valley,” he said.

It is yet another region of NSW which has been devastated by flooding in the past two years and now faces being inundated by more water.

“Light to moderate” rain is predicted from the Hunter, through Sydney and into the Illawarra.

Minor flood warning in place for Hawkesbury Nepean area.
Minor flood warning in place for Hawkesbury Nepean area. (9News)

I’m going to have a new kitchen’

Sydney homeowner Rosalie will need a complete renovation after a tree tore apart the home when waterlogged ground gave way beneath it.

This comes after heavy rain lead to flash flooding around parts of the city, including Windsor, Penrith, Richmond and Narrabeen.

Rosalie was at home cooking when a tree crashed onto her house in Sydney.
Rosalie was at home cooking when a tree crashed onto her house in Sydney. (Today)
The 81-year-old Sydney woman was on the other side was protected by a wall as the tree fell.
The 81-year-old Sydney woman was on the other side was protected by a wall as the tree fell. (Today)

Owner Rosalie, 81, said the only warning she got before a tree crashed onto her house was a clap of thunder and a bolt of lightning.

“After forty odd years I’m going to have a new kitchen,” she said.

“It’s the best thing that could come of this.”

NSW SES crews have arrived to begin the clean-up at Rosalie’s home, which is just one impacted by an “unpredictable” low pressure system.

Over the past 24 hours from 9am Monday – Tuesday, Sydney recorded 53.6mm of rain.

NSW State Emergency Service said more than 90 jobs have been reported and more than three swiftwater rescues have taken place since yesterday.

Flash flooding has occured in various areas across Sydney, including Penrith, and Londonderry.
Flash flooding has occured in various areas across Sydney, including Penrith, and Londonderry. (Penrith NSW State Emergency Service )
Flash flooding in Londonderry on March 29, 2022.
Flash flooding in Londonderry on March 29, 2022. (9News)

Wakehurst Parkway in Sydney’s north is currently closed in both directions due to flooding, as is Oxford Falls Road between Wakehurst Parkway and Aroona Road.

The Bureau of Meteorology (BoM) has forecast a further 20 – 30 mm of rain today, with flash flooding expected to continue.

Heavy traffic in Waverley as wet weather continues across the state on 29 March, 2022.
Heavy traffic in Waverley as wet weather continues across the state on 29 March, 2022. (Brook Mitchell)

The rain is expected to stick around until at least Wednesday as the system pushes down from southeast Queensland.

This is the view from inside Rosalie's home after the incident.Rosalie said the only warning she got before the tree crashed onto her house was a clap of thunder and a bolt of lightning.

Carnage after tree falls on 81-year-old Sydney woman’s home



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