A red emergency warning has been issued to thousands of Sydneysiders after heavy rain on Australia’s east coast caused the massive Manly Dam to overflow.
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An emergency red alert was issued and thousands of people were urged to flee as a huge dam began to overflow amid intense flooding.
Tens of thousands of Sydneysiders have been told to evacuate as massive flooding is causing chaos on Australia’s east coast.
And officials say the Manly Dam is starting to overflow and an evacuation has been ordered.
“Residents in low-lying areas below the Manly Dam need to evacuate immediately. LEFT IMMEDIATELY,” the State Emergency Service (SES) said.
New South Wales Premier Dominic Perrottet said evacuation orders affecting thousands of people were being put in place due to the risk posed by the dam.
The dam is located in Manly Vale, on Sydney’s northern beaches, and the order affects 800 homes and about 2,000 people.
“As the Manly Dam begins to overflow, it will affect 800 homes and 2,000 people,” Perrottet said.
“As we’ve said this time around, and we’ll continue to repeat that message, if there’s an evacuation warning in place, please be ready to leave.”
Flood warnings extended across the east coast on Tuesday and residents were forced to leave their homes overnight as torrential rain again fell on the country’s largest city, triggering flash flooding.
There are 59 evacuation orders in place in NSW affecting 40,000 people, while another 20,000 residents have received evacuation warnings.
SES Commissioner Carlene York said the dam is structurally secure.
“The dam is currently overflowing but I was informed by the engineers that the dam itself is safe,” she told a news conference.
“But the water will continue to overwhelm and when these thunderstorms pass, it could actually increase.”
The warning was later downgraded from red to amber by mid-afternoon (local time) so people were told to “take precautions” and be ready to evacuate if necessary.
There was a severe thunderstorm warning for an area northeast of Sydney stretching from the beaches north of the mainland to Hornsby, where there was a “life-threatening” risk of flooding and landslides.
Australia’s eastern rivers have been nearly dried up after torrential downpours in parts of Queensland and New South Wales in recent weeks, severing towns, washing away farms, livestock and road.
Authorities said a man and woman died on Tuesday near an abandoned car in a stormwater canal in Sydney’s west, while Queensland police confirmed the death of one person. Men have been missing in the flood since February 27, after a death tally.
20 since the great flood began.
Most were found dead in flooded homes or in cars trying to cross flooded roads.
Bureau of Meteorology forecaster Dean Narramore said mild to severe flooding had occurred from the Queensland border to Victoria, more than 966 miles away.
“There are 24 difficult hours or even 48 hours left,” Narramore said at Tuesday’s press conference as he forecast up to 120mm of rain across Sydney in 24 hours. coming, with it expected to dissolve late Wednesday.
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