The Bureau of Meteorology has warned of wild weather for the state’s east coast today as many towns remain on alert for flooding.
Meteorologist Miriam Bradbury said NSW would continue to see showers throughout the day today, which could worsen flooding.
“Across eastern NSW showers and isolated storms are expected, but much more isolated than the last few days with lower rainfall,” she said.
“There is a risk of severe storms extending south from the Mid North Coast down towards the lower Hunter and affecting parts of the Blue Mountains.
“In those areas, sort of a thin strip along the eastern parts of NSW, we could see further flooding, as well as damaging winds and large hail.”
Bradbury said watersheds in the western and northeastern parts of the state are already saturated, meaning flooding will continue today.
Flooding rises as northwest inundated with water
The flood emergency has kept authorities busy with 56 flood operations carried out in the last 24 hours by the NSW State Emergency Service.
SES received 745 calls for help
In the state’s west, Gunnedah is one of the main areas of concern as the Namoi River was expected to crest at more than eight meters overnight.
“Residents have had their doors knocked and are prepared for more than 1000 sandbags to be issued,” NSW SES said.
The BoM said this is higher than flooding seen in previous weeks as the North East struggles through ongoing warnings.
“An earlier flood peak moving downstream along the Namoi River peaked early Thursday morning at Wee Waa, where major flooding is likely to continue into next week,” the bureau said.
“Further downstream, moderate flooding is occurring at Bugilbone and likely at Goangra from Monday.”
The NSW SES said Wee Waa is currently cut off by flooding and will remain so for several days.
A severe weather warning for the Northern Rivers region has been canceled but minor flooding is still possible in low-lying areas.
Brisbane residents were told to collect sandbags
Meanwhile in Queensland, Brisbane residents are still being urged to collect sandbags this weekend as the risk of flooding continues despite the heavy downpour that hit the state on Thursday ending.
The deluge flooded roads, trapped drivers and knocked out power to hundreds of people.
Bureau of Meteorologist (BoM) forecaster Kimba Wong said on Friday that while the rainfall was “phenomenal”, the flood threat is not over as water levels are expected to continue to rise in the coming days.
“Of course the rainfall has now subsided, but the flooding will continue for the next few days,” Wong said.