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Northern Beaches no longer on flood watch

*****Update: The Northern Beaches is no longer on flood watch as at 11:37am Friday 7 June.

The Northern Beaches is on flood watch, with a deluge expected to hit after 6pm this evening, 6 June 2024.

A flood watch advisory was issued by the Bureau of Meteorology (BoM) today which included northern Sydney as areas likely to be affected by the heavy falls, although southern Sydney is expected the bear the brunt over the next 24 hours.

While our area is not currently showing in the Hazards Near Me App (5pm), experts at the Bureau of Meteorology (BoM) say the Northern Beaches is in the flood watch zone and heavy falls could kick in shortly.

The Manly State Emergency Service unit has already issued a request for drivers to avoid Balgowlah Road in Manly Vale.

The Bureau said abnormally high tides will also impact the low-lying areas along the NSW coast.

Widespread rainfall with two-day totals of 70-150 mm possible during Thursday to Friday, with isolated falls above 250 mm.

For the latest flood and weather warnings see www.bom.gov.au/nsw/warnings/

For the latest rainfall and weather forecasts see www.bom.gov.au/australia/meteye/

For the latest rainfall and river level information see www.bom.gov.au/nsw/flood

NSW SES State Duty Commander, Acting Assistant Commissioner Dallas Burnes said flood rescue operators are ready to respond and assets have been pre-positioned ahead of expected weather impacts.

“Our SES units are prepared to respond to storms and floods in coming days, particularly in the southeast and Sydney regions,” Acting Assistant Commissioner Burnes said.

“We’re working closely with the Bureau to identify areas that can expect the greatest impacts this evening and into tomorrow, so we’re well positioned to respond to any incidents.”

The flood risk has been elevated by some of the highest ocean tides of the year, combined with wet catchments and full dams, following several months of above average rainfall in coastal regions.

Acting Assistant Commissioner Dallas Burnes encouraged people to prepare now.

“I’d urge anyone who hasn’t yet downloaded the Hazards Near Me app to do so now. It’s a great way to stay across warnings and information relevant to you,” Acting Assistant Commissioner Burnes said.

“People can prepare their homes before heavy rain comes by cleaning gutters, tying down loose objects such as trampolines, and parking cars away from trees.

And remember, never drive through flood waters. If you come across a flooded road, stop, turn around and find an alternate route.”

For help in floods and storms, call the NSW SES on 132 500. In life threatening situations, call Triple Zero (000) immediately.

See our earlier advisory – sandbags are now at the lbelow mentioned ocations.

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