New evacuation orders have been issued for the New South Wales Hunter region as the weather system moves north along with the threat of flood

Residents and businesses along the Wollombi Brook have been told to move to higher elevations.

Emergency Relief Minister Murray Watt previously warned that the Hunter region is now in the firing line of the flood emergency.

A building is flooded with water on the other side of the Windsor Bridge at Windsor on the outskirts of Sydney.
A building is flooded with water on the other side of the Windsor Bridge at Windsor on the outskirts of Sydney. (AP)

“More rain is expected in the Hunter region in the coming days and there is a risk of flooding,” he said.

“We expect some rain in the Northern Rivers region later in the week.”

Watt said he hopes the rains in the northern rivers will not lead to flooding, as the area has already been devastated twice by unprecedented flooding this year.

Wettest year on record: Flood disaster continues

Meanwhile, Weatherzone said Sydney has seen 73 millimeters of rain in the past 24 hours, meaning it’s the wettest year on record in the state.

“Not only is this Sydney’s wettest year to date at a staggering 191mm (up from 1578.3mm as of 1890), this is already the city’s 11th wettest year in records dating back to 1859,” Weatherzone meteorologist said. Ben Domensino.

Across NSW, there are 102 evacuation orders and a further 55 evacuation warnings, for a total of approximately 50,000 people in the state.

Flooding in Sydney's Northwest
Floodwaters in Sydney’s North West. (Dean Sewell)

PM tomorrow to visit flood areas

The prime minister will visit flood-affected regions in NSW with the prime minister on Wednesday, as many parts of the state remain under water.

Watt described the situation as “serious”, saying that Anthony Albanese offered “every possible support to the NSW government and the NSW people”.

He added that while high tides have peaked in many areas, other regions remain at risk.

A man wades through floodwaters back to his home from a fire truck in Windsor, on the outskirts of Sydney.
A man wades through floodwaters back to his home from a fire truck in Windsor, on the outskirts of Sydney. (AP)

“More rain is expected in the Hunter region in the coming days and there is a risk of flooding,” he said.

“We expect some rain in the Northern Rivers region later in the week.”

Watt said he hopes the rains in the northern rivers will not lead to flooding, as the area has already been devastated twice by unprecedented flooding this year.

People paddle through a flooded street near Windsor on the outskirts of Sydney.
People paddle through a flooded street near Windsor on the outskirts of Sydney. (AP)

Meanwhile, treasurer Jim Chalmers said the government’s message to those affected by flooding is: “We will be there for you”.

He said the government is focusing on the human and emotional costs of the floods, but admitted the economic costs will also be significant.

“We’ve seen the impact of food prices that we expect to see as we’re talking about some really important food-producing parts of Australia,” he said.

“We know the combination of support for these communities will make sense.”

Floodwaters are retreating into Windsor

Northwest Sydney, including Windsor, is one of the worst affected areas by flooding.

The water is now slowly receding, but it is expected to remain at a high level until at least tomorrow afternoon.

The locals hope it doesn’t get any worse.

“I’m just angry that this has happened, but the police have done a really good job,” one resident shouted.

Flood and Landslide Rescue in NSW

Dozens of rescue operations have been carried out by emergency services in the past 24 hours.

Witnesses said that if the police had not helped, the man would have drowned.

Even a police car needed help when it drove into the water overnight before being engulfed by water.

Car stranded in Sydney flooding.
Police car stranded in Sydney floods (Nine)

The heavy rainfall has also led to landslides in greater Sydney.

In the Blue Mountains, ground collapsed near train tracks in Blackheath, meaning services between Katoomba and Mount Victoria have been cancelled.

“This could take weeks to recover, with initial inspections showing the landslide to be up to 40m long, 20m wide and 60m deep,” said Transport for NSW.

A landslide has brought trains to a halt in the NSW Blue Mountains.
A landslide has brought trains to a halt in the NSW Blue Mountains. (Facebook)
Foam at Cronulla Beach.

Bizarre view of Sydney beach

Earlier, New South Wales Prime Minister Dominic Perrottet warned that the flood crisis is “far from over” as the government rolls out disaster relief for victims.

“This event is far from over, don’t be complacent,” he said.

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